We are fortunate, here on Dewees, to have this fabulous managed wetland; the Impoundment. In the winter, lots of ducks are attracted to the shallow feeding zone. Some of our most common ducks are the tiny Pied-Billed Grebes, and the flashy Hooded Mergansers. But look carefully, there are lots of others mixed in. Over Thanksgiving, in a 15 minute period, I saw an American Coot, a group of Buffleheads, a Greater Scaup (I think– I am still not sure about this one) and a Hooded Merganser.
The smaller Buffleheads are fascinating to watch dive. I made a quick video to show the action of their diving and resurfacing– the whole video is in real time (it’s only a minute and a half long) but I slowed down the action at the end so we can see the way the Bufflehead dives. Click here to watch the video. All you birders, feel free to weigh in on my ID’s.