Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rain . . . rain . . . rain . . .

Grrr! Florida weather has been awful all June and it's continuing into July.  Storms all day & night long.  Yes it could always be worse because we could be having hurricanes.  I know that but this also is pretty awful.  Forget going to the pool.  Forget the sunglasses.  Raincoats and umbrellas are the dress code.  We may get some relief by the 4th of July.

Since we're having this perfect weather for ducks, we actually do have some very special visitors.  As we were having coffee one afternoon at Joyce's,  two little ducks waddled up.  They are nothing like anything we've ever seen so out come the bird books. Turns out our new little visitors are black bellied whistling ducks.
The picture and the following information comes from All About Birds.

The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck reaches the United States only in the very southern parts. Its long neck, long legs, black belly, and white wing patch make it a distinctive-looking waterfowl.

The whistling-ducks were formerly known as tree-ducks, but only a few, such as the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck actually perch or nest in trees. They look most like ducks, but their lack of sexual dimorphism (male & female look-alike) & , relatively long-term pair bonds, and lack of complex pair-forming behavior more resembles geese and swans.

Pretty neat, huh?  We're hoping they nest and stay around for a while.

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