Singing Duck at the Bluffs: Nov. 11, 2022

Usually we hear quacks or whistles from ducks, but there is one that has a regularly repeated song.

If you hear “ow – ow – owlette” from the lake, it is a Long-tailed Duck. These ducks, which spend the winter with us, ride out storms in Lake Ontario in great numbers and dive to great depths for little pea clams.

We heard and saw one this morning.

Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)

Other birds:

Great Blue Heron
Mallard (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Red-winged Blackbird

Bluff views:

Gray Squirrel

Some botany:

Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
Amur Cork Tree (Phellodendron amurense)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Missouri Willow (Salix eriocephala)


Hi Miles
Saw this fellow help his mate renovate the nest on Lido Key, Florida.


“November is usually such a disagreeable month as if the year had suddenly found out that she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it. This year is growing old gracefully, just like a stately old lady who knows she can be charming even with gray hair and wrinkles. We’ve had lovely days and delicious twilights.” –  L.M. Montgomery

Miles Hearn

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