The day started off with me seeing what I thought were large buffleheads, but were actually hooded mergansers once I looked it up! Buffleheads were close by. Those little guys are one of my favourites, and are absolutely hilarious when they are making a show! I also saw my first Wood Duck, Shoveler American Widgeon, American Coot, Gadwall, and Black Duck! Green-winged teal and Mallards are also added in there. They were really hard to take photos of being so far away, but I managed to take a good one of the Widgeon through a spotting scope I was looking at, what a beautiful bird.
|Female and Male Bufflehead through spotting scope|
I also had the pleasure of watching a Sandhill Crane fly over. BOY do those birds make such a unique sound! He landed in the marsh over, but I really hope that I see and hear another one at some point this spring.
Just as I was getting ready to leave I spotted a few ducks flying into the nearby pond. Quickly I grabbed my camera, dropped to the ground and crawled out to the edge of the bank and managed to take this (below) shot before it realized that I wasn't a duck and flew. It was another Hooded Merganser! This one began showing off to me (as you can see it's head is all poofed up from it's display.
|Hooded Merganser displaying|