We have such a wide variety of critters and birds around our lakes. I love seeing them all and I get really excited when either I “meet” new friends or see those that don’t frequent our lakes much. We do have Northern Shovelers around here, but we don’t see them all that often, and I see the females even less. Yesterday, when I was out on walk-about, I saw a female Northern Shoveler enjoying our waters. The males are brightly colored, but like a lot of bird and duck species, the females are more subdued and not as colorful. It was a cold, cloudy overcast day, so the colors are not that great.
The Shovelers are known for their long, spoonlike beaks. It helps them “shovel” in their food and “shovel” the waters around to get to the food.
Have a great day Everyone. ‘Til next time.