As we turned the calendar to April this week, it has begun to feel a bit more like spring. But March’s 15-degree colder-than-average temperatures have left thick ice over much of Lake Champlain. The narrow channel of open water created by the Charlotte ferry has continued to be a magnet for ducks as waterfowl migration nears its peak. Following up on our winter report from the ferry, here are some of the ducks that made an appearance at the ferry today:
|A group of Bufflehead were courting near the ferry dock. Their|
iridescent feathers shimmered green and purple in the sun.
|Several hundred Mallard were spread throughout the bay.|
This species may be common, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful!
|A pair of Northern Shovelers was a rare treat! Here they are resting|
on the ice with American Black Ducks and Canada Geese.
|Not all of the species present were easy to locate in the mass of over 1,000!|
Can you spot all eight duck species in this photo? (click to enlarge)
Here is a full list of waterfowl species observed:
American Black Duck