Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ruddy Ducks in the Rain


Migrating ruddy ducks started appearing on the local lakes last week, and a group of three showed up on Lake Kittamaqundi last weekend. Two more ruddies have joined them since then. There are four adult males and one adult female or immature, the latter being the latest to arrive and the one on the left end in the above photo taken today at the south end of the lake. Before today, they were spending most of their time near the lakefront and the central section. They are diving ducks, so when they are feeding you will see them popping in and out of sight on the water. As the photo shows, they seem to like resting all at the same time close together, their tail feathers typically sticking up.