An Unexpected Duck

A few days ago we found ourselves paddling the Twin Lakes area of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir looking for warblers. It was a good outing with Prothonotary and Yellow Warblers seen along with Tree and Bank Swallows, Great-crested Flycatchers, Cedar Waxwings, a Bald Eagle, etc.

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However, the Northern Shoveler pictured below was a bit of a surprise. Shouldn’t it be a little further north by now? Later, after we were off the water, additional investigation revealed the Northern Shoveler migration can cover a larger time period when compared to other waterfowl. So, maybe the sighting shouldn’t be a big surprise.

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Male Northern Shoveler, Twin Lakes

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Take 2, Twin Lakes

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Adding to the excitement, Bank and Tree Swallows were nice enough to pose for their portrait.

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Barn Swallow, Twin Lakes

 

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Tree Swallow, Twin Lakes

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Of course no late spring outing is complete, be it the Twin Lakes Area, Griggs Reservoir, or the north end of Alum Creek Reservoir, without acknowledging some of the other participants.

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Great Blue Heron with lunch, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Fox Squirrel relaxing on a branch overhanging the water, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Canada Geese babies. Griggs Reservoir

 

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Baltimore Oriole, Griggs Reservoir

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Yellow Throated Warbler, Griggs Reservoir

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Northern Water snake, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Painted Turtle, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Let’s not forget some of the flowers seen.

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Dames Rocket, Griggs Reservoir

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Honey Locust, Alum Creek Reservoir

 

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Yellow Flag Iris, Griggs Reservoir

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Wild Chives, Griggs Reservoir

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Haven’t had a mystery photo for quite a while so any idea what the object in the below photograph is?

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What is it?, Alum Creek Reservoir

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

6 Comments on “An Unexpected Duck

  1. A good many birds, waterfowl and other types, seem to be delaying their journey north this spring, must be because of two very cold winters back to back. Great photos of all the wildlife!

  2. That is a shot of a gall caused by the wool sower gall wasp (Callirhytis seminator). The gall is caused by secretions from the grubs of the gall wasp, which will only build it on white oak and only in spring.
    You’ve got some beautiful photos here!

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