Other than the female Common Merganser that was in the golf course pond from December 2 through March 4, and occasional Mallards, I haven't seen ducks here in Old Trail for several months. It all changed today. We had a brief, but strong storm front move through last night, and even though it was a bit windy, I did some birding here in Old Trail this morning under bright and sunny skies. I ended up with 31 avian species, including my first of the year Pine Warbler for Old Trail.
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk
The first ducks I saw were four Gadwalls in the pond along Old Trail Drive.
The pond along the golf course was loaded with ducks: Buffleheads (15), Readheads (7), Ruddy Ducks (4); Ring-necked Ducks (8), as well as a lone American Coot. Two of the female Redheads had large white areas on the back of their heads. Perhaps this is normal, but I have never noticed this feature before. The male Ruddy Ducks were in partial breeding pumage.
Redheads and Ring-necked Ducks
Redheads, Buffleheads, and Ring-necked Ducks
Redhead and Buffleheads
Ring-necked Ducks and American Coot
Redheads and Ring-necked Duck
I ended up at the small pond to the east of Rowcross Street where I saw a female Hooded Meganser.
This morning's list: