April 27th, 2012
Some very tame Wood Ducks
have been hanging out at the north end of Mud Lake, near Cassels Road. Someone
must be feeding them--the species is normally quite skittish. Whatever the
reason, it's a photographer's dream come true!
Aquatic snail is my best guess. Ducks can swallow them whole, and leave it to
their gizzard to break the shell open.
On rare occasions, I see a male Wood Duck with his crest poofed out instead of
slicked back. I only ever see it in spring, so it must be intended to impress