Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mallard Mania

On Saturday afternoon, I headed towards St. Clair NWA.  Recently, some ducks had been seen including the large number of Mallards.  I did find some on the ice within the area, but later I found two separate groups between Bradley and Balmoral Lines.

It was quite impressive to see that many ducks so tightly packed.  It was virtually impossible to make an accurate count.

I did not spend a lot of time looking at them, but the group was virtually 100% Mallard!  I did pick out one Northern Shoveler, but I suspect there could have been a pintail or two in the flock.
There were well over 3000 Mallards present for sure.

Monday morning was quite dreary.  At Port Lambton, a few ducks were flying around despite the huge amount of ice there in the river.  It was rather dark when I arrived at the lookout spot, but when it became lighter, I noticed a Snowy Owl perched on the ice right out in front.

Canada Geese on the ice and Icebreaker Escort

Today, with the mild weather, the ice was moving in the river for a change.  By late afternoon, midriver was clear towards the north end of the village.

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