Monday, April 22, 2013

Birds of a Feather - Now what does that mean?

   It has been quite the week for migrating waterfowl. There is an aerator in the the back bay that attracts early ducks.  It is a stretch to see from our house, thus we have a spotting scope. Usually when the ice goes out the ducks leave shortly.  Because of the late snowstorms, these ducks have decided there is better fishing here than farther north. So this year I have had the pleasure taking photos even in nasty weather.

Mallards  - we have year around, but some migrate. Texas birders were excited to see them there    
Hooded Merganser

Horned Grebe

Red-breasted Merganser 
White Pelican

Blue Bill - Lesser Scaup

Northern Shoveler
Pied-billed Grebes - smallest ducks in MN.

American Coot
Canvasbacks by ice float
Common Loon by Edgewater diving

Common Merganser I mistook this for a diving loon.
Wood Duck  in our tree.


  1. A really nice collection. Thanks for posting them. The robins are arriving to the north with 2 feet of snow. I wouldn't be surprised if some decided to go back south!

  2. Great pix! I especially like the last one of the wood duck.

  3. I had two ducks in my tree outside my window. It was so much fun to see them. I have also been seeing many of the ducks here. I heard a loon today too.

  4. The AL Tribune announced the ice went out today, April 24th. Last year it was March 17th.