This morning I was surprised. I drove the F-150 to the grove gate to close it, so as to keep my gelding, Star, from going into the far pasture and gorging himself on new-growth grass. As I passed by the pond, I saw these ducks. Many of you see ducks all the time, but here in North Erath County, Texas, ducks are uncommon until November or December. These ducks made no quacking whatsoever. They plunged into the pond for feeding. I returned about two hours later and took some photographs.
In one of my earlier posts about the American Widgeon, I and my blogging friends spent time identifying the ducks. These guys in the photographs are unidentified. My Peterson’s guide was chewed up by my dog, Yeller, and I have yet to replace it. My Audubon field guide does not have flying profiles or additional attributes for me to say for certain what these ducks are. So, the ducks will be unidentified until I get my Peterson’s guide book re-ordered.
In any case, the ducks have returned to the pond. Can cooler weather and winter days be far behind? The ducks say, No, it’s not far behind!