A rainy, overcast day with dirty snow and mud seems like a good time to reflect on the month of March and illustrate early spring in Central New York. I’ll emphasize wet places and some of the birds that frequent them.
Canada Goose and a pair of ring-necked ducks
Canada geese grazing in a farm field
Killdeer grooming at a spring seep
A pair of mallards under the reflection of deep snow
Great Blue Heron over ice and Canada geese on open water
A solitary Snow Goose in a flock of Canada geese
Migrating snow geese above farm fields, refueling on waste grain
The second post in my 3-part series on “Waterfowl in Winter” features two species of dabbling ducks: Mallards and Black Ducks. Unlike the diving mergansers in my last post, dabbling ducks splash around near the surface of the water, often turning upside down, as they forage on aquatic vegetation.
The gloomy, overcast weather lingering over Central New York has driven me to my archives in search of something seasonal to perk up my blog. I’ve had a lot of fun observing ducks, geese and swans in their winter habitats and decided to share some of those memories.
I’ll begin with American (or Common) Mergansers on local surface waters. These are streamlined, narrow-billed ducks that dive for fish.