Thursday, March 22, 2007

duck and bunny bowl



(bowls by Gary Rith)
Spring is springing this week, and a nice variety of birds are passing through. The hundreds of mallards and Canadian geese back on the river are being visited by different mergansers and ducks, snowbirds who likely wintered in Chesapeake Bay or Florida and now return to Hudson Bay or wherever to lay their eggs and such. White ducks with black heads, and other exotic looking ducks. The mallards live here year-round, and in June there will be little mallard couples swimming ahead of long lines of little fuzzy mallards.

7 comments:

Mother of Invention said...

Do you see loons? Can't remember when they come back but we don't have any right here, only north of us in cottage country. If you did loon mugs, bowls etc., they'd sell BIG TIME up there! NO joke!

Hey, everybody, I've now joined the ranks of the unemployed at Potter's Blog! Should we have a theme song??!!!

gr said...

grumble, the filter didn't work...grumble

Well, you're behaving, so you can stick around, I guess. We had millions of loons when we lived in New Hampshire. (I think you once said you liveup by Barrie, ONT? the map shows a million lakes there)I don't think we will get them here. We also have a sudden influx of hungry goldfinches at the bird feeder. My book tells me that the white ducks with dark heads are common mergansers, and over in my parents' river, they have hooded mergansers, quite exotic looking.
No, I have not ever made a loon...

greg said...

OOO duckies! .. ahem I mean cool look at all the waterfowl returning! Saw some Canada geese forgaing on my way to work this AM. Saw/heard robins last week before the dump of snow. jmm wonder where they hide during the storm...

Gordo The Geek said...

We get loads of mergansers and their noisy, ugly cousins the double-crested cormorant at the cottage. Snow geese, snowy owls, snipe, loons (some winged, most Campbells and visitors). goldfinches, cardinals, tree swallows, etc.

Phil saw three robins last week, I saw a more reliables harbinger of spring this morning that I'll post about later ... ;-)

gr said...

yeah, we saw 8 robins together DURING the snows at a little grassy spot that was protected from snow....they sure have a pretty song.
Snowy owls!

Oooh, you should see the kite I chose...a shark!

cm said...

m of i, enjoy your time off! I had three glorious months off last winter and think everyone should, at least every five years, if not more.

gr said...

well, cm, I fired her as a commenter from potsblog, not a glamorous job, but she didn't pay any attention