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