Northern Shoveler Ducks were spotted a few weeks ago with the huge flock of White Pelicans, Seagulls, and Double Crested Cormorants at a local golf course water hazard pond. The Northern Shovelers have that distinctive long broad shovel-like bill. They are medium-sized ducks and are migratory here.
Drakes are often brighter in color than the hens, and most drakes have a darker head that is often greenish brown or greenish purple. The ducks use their big bills to dabble in the mud for insects, worms, snails, and vegetation. They are quite similar to the Mallards in their feeding habits. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!