Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Some Ducks Prefer Ponds That Are Off Limits

 This is the time of the year that there are plenty of migrating waterfowl in Connecticut. I've already seen several seen  Gadwall, Northern Pintail, and American Wigeon this month (old photos in that order) but the majority of ducks that I've seen have been in ponds or reservoirs hidden behind no trespassing fences. 

 I found a raft of 150 Ring-necked Ducks in a reservoir where the only viewing area was along the side of a busy highway with no parking. I found another reservoir that was completely off limits but a neighbor with a view of the water allowed me to take a look from their yard. There was over 200 Ruddy Ducks resting in the water like they didn't have a care in the world!

 It was disappointing that I couldn't really share the information because there was no legal place for birders to view them. I don't want to encourage other birders to break no trespassing laws and I'm sure the ducks don't mind having places to go where no one disturbs them.

1 comment:

Linda said...

I don't get to see images like this very often living in a big city like Montreal, so you can only imagine how much I appreciate and love your photos. Thank you so much for sharing them!