Monday, February 22, 2010

Rideau Tennis Club Winter Ducks

Feb 17, 2010 2:00 pm

I made a quick visit to the Tennis Club. We had seen a male Barrow’s Goldeneye at Remic Rapids recently, so was not sure what to expect. But virtually the first duck I spotted was a male Barrow’s Goldeneye with a bunch of Common Goldeneye. There were a couple of other suspicious characters, which may have been hybrids. I was just getting on them when a fly-by flock of Mallards spooked the whole crowd, and they all took off.

I moved upstream to where most of them had landed, but could not relocate those ducks, only the male Barrow’s and a possible female.

There were two male Common Mergansers and one female enjoying the open water. The only other ducks were American Blacks and Mallards.

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