Right on time visitors

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  1. marlingardener

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    Yesterday we had our first ducks, right on time! Ducks usually arrive at our pond in February, but a day or two early is just fine with us. Perhaps they had a good tail wind flying from wherever to here?
    Two Ringnecks, male and female, just swimming about and enjoying the sunshine.
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  3. Sjoerd

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    I like seeing these ducks. I do not think I have ever seen them over here — they have only been sighted in Nederland only 49 times between 1959 and 2021.
    Thank you for this posting.
     
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    Sjoerd, Gadwalls and Ringnecks are our most common visitors here. We are anxiously waiting for the Gadwalls to show up!
     
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    Marlin— I will have to look up gadwall. Interesting name.
    I looked it up and yes, they are common here. I know this duck. There is a pair that nestles every year now outside the McD.
     
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    Can hear the geese flying overhead in their typical ‘V’ pattern.. at first I heard a honk sounded like a tricycle horn . The dogs looked up and I saw a flock of geese flying towards the wetlands. Did’t get my camera in time.
     
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    In Washington we would get mallards. I always liked the green heads, very pretty. I've been seeing a lot of Canadian geese by the lake when I'm coming home from work.
     
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    Today I heard the hawks when out while mowing. We have a sorta symbiotic relationship. I mow in the pastures and scare up the voles and the hawks follow me around until they snag dinner.
    I used to have mallard and pekin ducks. Great bug eaters. Kept the garden as clean as a whistle barely a bug in sight. They are good ‘Watch Ducks’ , nobody entered the garden without the ducks letting me know.
     
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    Our woodpecker is back! We have a tall stump in the backyard that we intentionally left to get infested for woodpeckers. They do a good job of clearing out all sorts of bugs and larvae. Please don't ask why this is called a Red Bellied woodpecker when the red is on his head. There is a Red Headed woodpecker, and guess where his red is! An ornithologist must have stayed up all night thinking up these names.
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