Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 218 ~

When we left the house on Valentines Day, 
another of our intended stops was here,

Lake of the Lilies, a Bird Sanctuary

As soon as we pulled up I was surprised to see this Red Headed Duck, a first time for me.

Immediately upon stoping the car, he woke up...

and floated off into the water.
Red Headed Ducks are medium sized diving ducks which over winter in this area.

The American Coot
The coot is a plump, chick like bird with a rounded head and a slopping bill.

They have a tiny tail, short wings and large feet which were just out of my sight.
Often mistaken for ducks, coots have broad lobed scales on their lower legs,
and toes that fold back with each step.

There were a lot of coot and just the one red headed duck, hanging out together.

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