Open Water and Winter Ducks

Once the Griggs Reservoir freezes over, the Scioto River below the dam is one of the nearest locations for open water. Today, with five inches of fresh snow on the ground, the river flowed free but was down a little from a few days before. Ducks and geese took advantage of this open water with many in the river and many noisily flying overhead as they moved from one location to another.

Along with the Canada Geese and the usual Mallard ducks there were Hooded Mergansers, Black ducks, Red Head ducks, as well as Ringed-neck ducks. In this area the Mallards and Canada geese are common year round but the others, which may be visitors from further north, are more often seen in winter as they concentrate in open water.

The snow always seems to make for some interesting landscape shots and today was no exception. We were also fortunate to see Golden-crown Kinglets, Juncos, Song Sparrows and Red-bellied and Hairy Woodpeckers. It’s been a good year for Kinglet sightings.

Perhaps because it was so cold the day before and hadn’t warmed up that much, we had the area pretty much to ourselves. For a few hours it made for a nice escape into nature.

Yesterday's snow - wind sculpture.

Yesterday’s snow – wind sculpture.

Snow and lovely light made this picture

Snow and lovely light

Hooded- Mergansers and Red Head Ducks

Hooded- Mergansers and Red Head Ducks, Donna

How you usually see a Kinglet.

How we usually see a Kinglet.

Kinglet looking for insects around the base of a tree.

Kinglet looking for insects.

Kinglet stopping for a picture.

Kinglet posing for a picture.

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers, low light a full zoom SX40 HS cropped.

Ring-necked Ducks

Mallard Ducks, low light full zoom SX40 HS cropped.

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks, low light, full zoom SX40 HS, cropped.

Leaf trapped in ice at rivers edge..

Leaf trapped in ice at rivers edge..

Scioto River below the dam.

Scioto River below the dam.

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Thanks for stopping by.

4 Comments on “Open Water and Winter Ducks

    • Thanks, and yes it is asx40.I like the camera a lot. Since long walks are usually part ofour outings to take pictures myDSLR “Bird Camera” isn’t always an option.

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