The sheltered ponds and marshes behind the dunes were fairly calm.
Male Gadwall above, female below
The majority of ducks that I saw were American Wigeons, also call "Baldpate" for obvious reasons, or "Poacher" because, not being strong divers, they pilfer plants and roots dragged up from the bottom by other ducks. They have strong beaks which allows them also to graze on dry land like geese.
Three males and one female Wigeon
A pair of male and female Wigeons
American Wigeon summer and winter distribution (Birds of North America)
I had a quick lunch in my car while watching two American Crows and a Ring-billed Gull squabble over food.
November days are short and before you know it the afternoon light is waning. Time to drive home. A five hour round trip and $50 in gas, was it worth it? I wished I could have timed my visit for high tide, and maybe a little less wind would have been nice. But I got two lifers that made it worth it: the Wigeon and a Barnacle Goose (see previous post)
Cheers! Good Birding.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Thanks for your visit and come by again!
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