A couple of Mourning Doves in the back yard. As beautiful as this picture seems to be, the reality of it all is that it there was two Males fighting over a near by Female that was just out side of this shoot. The fight did not last long and the dove on the right side of the image got to kept his girlfriend.
Two Wood Ducks I found swimming in the little Choconut Creek at the water shed on site 2 area. The ducks were definitely camera shy and stayed away from me. The little Choconut Creek has four watersheds on it that help protect Johnson City and Binghamton from flooding. Site 2 is the most popular one of the sheds for nature buffs to hike and fish. It also has a dedicated Dog Park area as well. At one time in the distant past the area was my family’s Farm property. The farm was called Pine Grove. I do believe it was one of the largest and one of many that supported the Pine Grove dairy industry around here at that time. The barn burned down in the winter of 1976 and a small Baptist Church sits where it used to be. It brings back a lot of fond memories of me haying the fields, driving the tractors, running the equipment and just growing up around the farm.
3 The last few weeks we have bean getting Common Grackle in and are frequent visitors to my bird feeders. With the snow we got this past week the small numbers of them have turned into a hundred or more of them showing up for a meal. I love the color of there heads but that is about it. I'm not a big fan of this bird surprisingly or not. These two images are from today visitors to the feeder. 4