|Female Ring-Necked Duck and Male Ruddy Duck (American Coot in back)|
|A couple of Ruddy Ducks|
Our duck season started with a bang, and has been building up to a “ka pow!” I’ll start with the bang and show off some of the lovely ducks we’ve had the pleasure of seeing early this winter. At the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Northern Shovelers and Ring-Necked Ducks fill the waters of the impoundments at the tail end of the wildlife drive. But who stole the show for us on my birthday birding outing were several Ruddy Ducks who came quite close to us and granted us great looks at their slightly up-curved bills and energetic diving behavior.
|Ruddy Duck Diving|
|Song Sparrow in the reeds|
At a local park, we braved the cold and scanned the icy waters to find our lifer Common Mergansers! And on our drive back to the homestead from the park, we had a fantastic look at a lone Snow Goose – and where else but in the snow! It was gracious enough to pose for us as we adored it from the car.
In our last stop in Houston, we made our way to Hermann Park where we’ve previously had some decent birding. We started our day off well with a cooperative Orange-Crowned Warbler. And although we didn’t really have any surprises (other than a couple of nasty Nutria Rats with their bright orange teeth!), some Ring-Necked ducks floated nearby and showed off as they dipped in and out of the water like a Bond girl at the beach.