During our last visit to
Lake of the Lilies
we did not see the Wood Ducks.
In fact, we did not see any ducks...where have they all gone?
There are usually at least 50 ducks, primarily Mallards, in the lake,
we did not see even one of the usual suspects.
However, there was some excitement...
These are males.
They are small, bizarrely shaped diving ducks, with a large head and a small bill.
The males have large crests, that can be flattened or fanned.
According to my book, they are here year round but I only see them during the winter.
The Hooded Mergansers swim way out in the center of the lake,
I was not even sure these were Mergansers when I took the pictures.
There was only one Mute Swan in the entire lake...
and a lot of beautiful sparrows in this tangled shrub at the entrance to the lake.
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