Well instead of a quick nibbly at Panera, my friend Ann and I went to the small watering hole across from the horse barns at UMass to see a group of Northern Shovelers. I’ve never seen them before. Wow. They are named appropriately, their bills are huge! They could have helped me shovel all the snow this winter! It looks like they’re just passing through to the north central states and Western Canada to breed. These dabbling ducks are sometimes referred to as spoonbill or “spoony” because of the large spatula-like bill. It has over a 100 projections called lamellae along the edges to strain the water for food particles.
And then, right across the road were a huge number of killdear and wilson snipes! I thought there were only three but in watching the video afterwards, there were four plus a couple in the foreground. Yahooo!
Here’s some video I took of the shovelers and snipes. See if you can find the snipes in the foreground early in the video!