Date: 2/23/18 10:28 am From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...> Subject: [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 2/23
It seems like a good day for ducks, so I took the opportunity to see what was on the Tidal Basin and in Constitution Gardens. Plenty, as it turned out. Tidal Basin: A pair of Red-breasted mergansers, by the boat dock. On the Potomac at the humpback bridge: A few pair of Lesser Scaup and a single pair of Ruddy ducks. At Constitution Gardens: Lots of Canada geese and Ring-billed gulls, and a Double-crested Cormorant. As for ducks, in order of abundance: Gadwalls, many pair Mallards (Yes, fewer than the gadwalls) Northern shovellers, more than a dozen A few pair of Ring-necked ducks 2 pair of American wigeon.
I don't think I've ever seen so many gadwall in such a small area. Interestingly, I watched pairs defending their bond: a male chasing off another male (not unexpected) but then a female also chasing off an obstreperous male. I could probably watch ducks all day.
Jim Felley Gaithersburg, MD
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