It’s time to start getting your photos together if you’d like to submit them here. I still have an appreciable backlog, but there can never be too many. Today we have (wait for it) DUCKS! Yes, more Anas platyrhynchus. Charlie Jones of Pennsylvania has sent the brood near him, and his notes are indented:
You’ve got 8 ducks, Stephen of Idaho has 9, and we’ve got TEN. Not that this is a competition.
The photos were taken by Hannah Jones in low light at the Wingfield Pines acid mine drainage treatment area about 8 miles south of Pittsburgh. Since you sometimes visit the area, I thought you might be interested to know (if you don’t already) that they took an environmental problem—a gushing spring of acidic mine waters that are very rich in iron—and turned it into a series of settling ponds and a wetlands that are otherwise rare in our region. (Since the glaciers stopped north of here, we do not have the abundant lakes and wetlands seen farther north.) The passive treatment system attracts a host of birds that would otherwise fly over us, which makes Wingfield Pines a local birding hotspot. Giving the acidity of the mine waters, the analogy of turning lemons to lemonade is relatively apt!
And a video.
This one has the ducklings working hard, and near the end the rear duckling rear-ends his siblings, causing a bit of a chain reaction.
A blue-winged teal makes a cameo appearance.