Happy 60th…

It was my mama’s 60th birthday yesterday!  She was able to get the day off and spent her morning with me, so we were up at about 3ish a.m. and hit the road to Glacier National Park to watch the sun rise, ate breakfast at Lake McDonald Lodge, and then did some walking, exploring and did lots of picture taking throughout the day…IMG_1601 IMG_1598

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We finished up with a nice lunch and headed home.  It  was so much fun to get to spend time with my mom!

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Barrow’s Goldeneye…

On a hike by Fishercap Lake in Many Glaciers…IMG_0131IMG_0120

We spotted a few female (what we believe to be ) Barrow’s Goldeneye…IMG_0097

They ended up getting a bit too close together and duck decided she didn’t want the other around…IMG_0093-Edit IMG_0092-Edit IMG_0091-Edit IMG_0090-Edit IMG_0089-Edit

And chased the other one away!IMG_0088-Edit

Cool Facts

  • The Barrow’s Goldeneye is rather long-lived for a duck, with one individual reaching 18 years of age. Most females do not breed until they are three years old.
  • Like the Common Goldeneye, the Barrow’s Goldeneye is not too particular about holding on to its own offspring. A female may lay eggs in the nest of another goldeneye or other species of cavity-nesting duck. Once the ducklings come out of the nest, the broods of different females often come together and are taken care of by a single female. The young ducklings are highly independent, feeding on their own, and require little parental care.
  • For a species with such widely separated populations, it is perhaps surprising that the Barrow’s Goldeneye shows little variation from place to place. Those breeding in North America are essentially identical on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Female Barrow’s Goldeneyes breeding in Iceland do not get as extensively yellow bills as the North American birds, but have only a yellow or orangish band on the outer third of the otherwise dusky bill.

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Evening Fishing…

We spent Sunday evening fishing and exploring the countryside…IMG_9513 IMG_9457

Dragon Flies…

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My Fishing crew…

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Water Lilies…

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Water Lilies…

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Little boys fishing…

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Frogs peaking out…

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Reflecting…

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Sego Lily…

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Sky reflecting on the pond…IMG_9363

Wild Iris…

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Wild Roses…

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Wild Iris…

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More water lilies…

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Great Blue Heron…

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