Ruddies Return

The Ruddy Ducks have come and gone this winter. The first ones, just a quartet, arrived in early November. A few more arrived at the end of that month. Then I didn’t see any organized gatherings of them — just scattered individuals — until early February. Now, in early March, a raft of approximately 75 Ruddies appeared in the North Basin. A handful of Clark’s Grebes and a few local Coots blended in with them.

Partial view of the raft of Ruddy Ducks, with grebes in the margin
As usual, most of the ducks were asleep on the water

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