Friday, March 17, 2017

American Wigeons and Other Ducks; Lake Kittamaqundi Scenes after the Snowfall

Winter waterfowl on the lake yesterday included three American wigeons -- a male and two females. Perhaps, they'll still be here today. I found them on the north section of the lake, viewed from the path by the Sheraton. Bird activity was actually rich from that vantage point: the wigeons, the usual waterfowl (mallards, Canada geese, hooded mergansers), several eastern phoebes, herons, a tree swallow, and a red-shouldered hawk in flight. The male of a recently detected male and female pair of belted kingfishers was also present.

Female American Wigeon

The Wigeon Trio

Male American Wigeon

Wigeons, Mallard, Hooded Mergansers

Preening Male American Black Duck

Adding to the waterfowl variety, a male and female pair of American black ducks has been mixing with the mallards in the inlet at the lake's north end. Black duck photo above was taken yesterday.

Ring-necked ducks are also on the lake. They can be found usually in the central and south sections in groups varying in number from two to over thirty.

Male and Female Ring-necked Ducks Snoozing