Small Ducks Slithering in the Mud: Oct. 13, 2022

Green-winged Teals are about half the size of Mallards. While most of our ducks prefer to float in the water or sun themselves on dryer ground, green-winged teals are always near mud. It can be difficult to photograph them with their heads out of the mud. This is because their diet is mainly aquatic invertebrates and seeds

We found two during this morning’s rainy walk at Humber Bay.

Green-winged Teals
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal

Males are quite spectacular in appearance between November and June.

Green-winged Teal

Other birds:

Mute Swan
juvenile Herring Gull with fish
Ring-billed Gulls
Belted Kingfisher (male)
Great Blue Heron
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant
House Sparrow (male)
Rock Pigeon
Song Sparrow
Northern Mockingbird
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Mockingbird
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Hooded Merganser

Some botany:

White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
Red Ash leaflets
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Plumeless Thistle (Carduus acanthoides)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)

Humber Bay scenes:

Today’s group:


The kids really have a lot to learn, don’t they?


A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October.           – Thomas Stephens Collier (1842–93)

Miles Hearn

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