Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Visiting Canvasback Ducks

Julep and Derby spent a lot of time {this morning} outside. 
Sniffing the deck ... do I smell squirrel? 
Derby-lious ... loves the outdoors.
A flock of canvasback ducks are feeding and resting in our creek. 
 ... Visiting Canvasback Ducks ...
The species name of the Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, comes from Vallisneria americana, or wild celery, whose winter buds and rhizomes are its preferred food during the non breeding period.
Populations of canvasbacks have fluctuated widely. Low levels in 1980s put the Canvasback on lists of special concern, but numbers increased greatly in the 1990s.

1 comment:

  1. I can only imagine how much the westies love your yard! So much wildlife, so many exciting things to sniff :)