Visiting Gadwalls

(Sorry for the long absence, too much going on on top of me being a bit ‘under the weather…feeling much better now!)

The day before the blizzard a few weeks ago, we had a small flock of Gadwalls (dabbling ducks) arrive to safe harbor in our community cove through the storm that I posted on.ย  This flock has continued to come back to frequent our community cove in the mornings to feed.ย  Having only ever seen a lone pair around our riprap in prior winters, it has been an ongoing thrill to see them continue their visit around us this season.

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These ducks migrate from Alaska, Canada, and the Great Plains to our region for the winter.

It was equally rewarding to capture the Gadwalls in flight!

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And on a day here & there, they will return late afternoon to hang around to enjoy the sunset.

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Gadwalls in silhouette

What a thrill indeed it is to have a migratory species feel safe to hang around for a while!



27 thoughts on “Visiting Gadwalls

  1. Gorgeous sunset image, and golden hour image! They are so pretty! We get them in Central California too in Winter. I’ve enjoyed seeing this winter but not in such great light as you have. Your deck is the place to bee! Great in flight shot too.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better. #1 Grandson and I are getting over that nasty cold that’s going around here.

    • I understand that Gadwalls are more common on the Pacific coast, and we’re getting lucky with their expanse on the East coast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Boy, I always get excited on incoming flights, lol. Thanks for well wishes, sorry to hear you both had it too! I got mine from #1 grandson, sharing hugs and kisses. You know, that is pretty cool to say, “#1 grandson”, now that I have two! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ We never thought we’d get a #1 from this child as she was advised at 14 not to have children. That was more devastating to her than me actually. She’s got Kidney issues.

        Big Baby Boy was too busy with school to get serious about marrying his long time girl-friend and they broke up after…a long time. Now he’s with someone else…there might be hope for a #2. I hope, but won’t count my chickens. His grad school loan is his mortage, and he works A LOT of hours…very long days. I hope that all eases up and things change.

        I just read it’s a bad cold all over the country. Let’s hope we don’t get the flu! Knocking on wood now!

  2. The Gadwells look rather plain from a distance, but you caught the gorgeous detailed patterns on their chests and backs. Great shots all.

    • Thanks Jerry, seems like everyone around the country is getting this nasty cold. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Glad I’m over it! ๐Ÿ™‚ These Gadwalls have kept me entertained since they’re a treat that I know will move on just as quick.

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