Friday, February 22, 2013

Reservoir #1

Last night, when we drove past the Framingham Country Club, there was a pretty large sized group of ducks in a small water hazard just to the right of the road (across from the clubhouse).  I had hoped to get a look at them on the way home, but it was too dark to see.

Today, at lunchtime, I drove over to take a look.  Nothing.  In fact, that water hazard from frozen solid. They must have been sitting on ice last night.  I continued down Salem End Road and saw a flock of ducks swimming in the water north of the bridge before Temple Street.  I turned around and parked and carefully made my way back to the water (no sidewalks on this part of the road and lots of traffic).

Turns out it was a flock of Ring-Necked Ducks, mostly males, numbering about 3 dozen.  There were at least two females among them, plus three Hooded Mergansers, and four Mute Swans.

 Ring-Necked Ducks

 Hooded Merganser (front and center)

Mute Swans

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