Monday, March 11, 2013
An Odd Duck
When we returned the next day I got in the back seat before we arrived. Now I, too, had a clear view. It's an odd duck. It is a large as a northern shoveler and from the shoulders back looks like a shoveler; but instead of a dark green head and huge bill, this duck has two splotches of white on its head and a large bill, but not the big flat flared bill typical of a n. shoveler. I suppose it is a hybrid, but we're not sure of its parentage. The odd duck was keeping company with a handful of normal shovelers.
The little brown duck is a hen hooded merganser who was sharing the pond with the shovelers.