The topic for today was ‘A Lesson I’ve learned this Year’. I’m sure I’ve learnt several, but if I keep it on a blogging level it is: Not to take on too many subscriptions. Then all the fun in blogging will soon be gone. After a while it will start to feel like an obligation before you can even start to write. So far it’s going good and I’m still able to write comments that have some kind of significance to the actual post. It still feels fun to bring this up in the morning and I always look forward to it. During this time, I haven’t had so much fun as writing up the post two days ago, about my dream room.
Yesterday, I got a pleasant surprise! We went grocery shopping, made the usual ‘tour’ on our way back. I was so close to saying to Gerry ‘let’s go straight home today, forget the park’. Somehow, I just didn’t and the car I think is now programmed to go there by itself. As soon as I got out of the car, I saw that the widgeon couples … probably the same ones I saw in Marsh Creek the other day, now had moved to the pond.
Grabbed my camera to get some shots of them. Then, all of a sudden, amongst the hundreds of mallards there, I spotted something different! Could hardly believe my eyes, because I’ve struggled a long time go get a good shot of a Hooded Merganser. They’re always so shy and skittish … the few times I’ve seen them, they’ve been on the far side of the lake … way off limits for my lens.
When we had first moved here, Gerry was in some car dealership, I was just looking around. I saw some really odd looking ducks in the creek … at that time I couldn’t tell the difference between any of them — the only one I knew was the mallard.
Now I know they are Hooded Merganser, and I think it’s one of the most elegant birds I’ve ever seen.
Lots of people were there, feeding ducks, with big bags of white bread, but only mallards and gulls care for bread. The wigeons don’t bother with that feeding frenzy. There were actually three widgeon couples there.
Will probably check out the place today again, to see if he’s still there.
Speaking of what lessons we’ve learned … I just learned one now, while writing this blog post! All the time, I’ve spelt widgeon without the d, like wigeon. For two years, I’ve been doing this. Now I got the red underscore from the spell-check! Very good.
One more hoodie