Shovelers at Ashbridges Bay: November 27, 2021

Northern Shovelers, with their very long and broad bills, breed in north western and central North America and are currently on their way to the southern US and northern Mexico. A few may even winter in our area. We saw these two today:

Northern Shovelers
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shovelers
Northern Shovelers
Northern Shovelers
Northern Shovelers
Northern Shoveler (female)
Northern Shoveler (male)
Northern Shovelers
Northern Shovelers
Northern Shovelers

Other birds:

Canada Geese
Northern Cardinal (female)
Canada Geese
Northern Cardinal (female)
Swamp Sparrow
American Robin
Common Goldeneye (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Gadwall (male)
Mute Swan
American Black Duck (female)
Red-breasted Mergansers (male)
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Hybrid “Bib” Duck
Northern Cardinal (male)
Mallard (male)
Mallard (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Belted Kingfisher
Long-tailed Duck (female)
White-crowned Sparrow
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Belted Kingfisher

Both the 8 am and 11:30 am groups had a chance to feed Chickadees and a Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee

8 am group:

11:30 am group:

NATURE POETRY
When the tree bares, the music of it changes:
Hard and keen is the sound, long and mournful;
Pale are the poplar boughs in the evening light
Above my house, against a slate-cold cloud.              – Conrad Potter Aiken (1889–1973)

Miles Hearn

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