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Ducks on a Rainfall Basin


There were Hooded Mergansers visiting one of the rainfall retention ponds here that still holds quite a lot of water.  Almost all of these ponds here in our development are now dry.  This pond is on the edge of the development near a small commercial area where there is a fitness center undergoing renovations.  This noisy and busy work is why there hardly ever are any of the wading birds or ducks around on that pond these days.

Seeing this pair of Hooded Mergansers was a treat.  Perhaps this pair is one of the two pairs I had seen a few weeks ago in the rainfall basin down the street from my home.  Who knows?  I took these pictures on Monday, February 17, 2014 at about 4:30pm.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!



Comments on: "Ducks on a Rainfall Basin" (6)

  1. Too bad we can’t ‘mark’ the birds when we see them –so that we will KNOW if we see the same ones again. ha ha

    Great photos… Have a great weekend… I have a HUGE month ahead of me–but it will be fun.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, sometimes I am just uncertain about if it is the same bird. The hawk is back in my neighborhood and the crows are battling but to no avail. It’s a rainy day with thunderstorms so our basins will again hold lots of water. Good for our area to get that needed rain. I hope Crossville did not get any damaging weather last night. Have a great rest of the day and a pleasant weekend!

  2. i think the females are so cool with their crazy hair. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, they do have a Mohawk-look don’t they? I was pretty far away from the pond because of the construction – they blocked off the parking lot and did not want people walking near the basin. Have a super weekend!

  3. I just love these Mergansers, one of my favorite ducks! Great shots! Have a happy weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks, I agree! By the way, we got about 2″ of rain in one hour this afternoon but no damage. So, many of the basins here will be full of water for a couple of days or more. Have a great weekend!

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