The Blue Winged Teal Ducks were here on the little farm pond for just a few minutes on April 2, 2012. The trio of two drakes and a hen were just settling down on the water when a few local cattle decided to cool off by wading in the pond. Off the ducks flew! Now they are on the way back up North to their nesting grounds in Northern U.S. states and in Canada. They like ponds, lakes, and slow shallow streams and marshes on rivers. By the way, on Thursday afternoon, April 5, 2012, I saw seven of these Blue Winged Teal here on the pond. So the original trio were the advance scouts for the small flock. The other possibility is that the seven are a split-off group of a larger flock and the other ducks are out on the neighborhood community lake nearby. I was glad to see them here! Other than the one photo below dated 4/5/12, the other pictures were taken on 4/2/12. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
April 7, 2012