Now WHAT could be a more perfect “new life bird” on Valentine’s Day than…
A Redhead Duck!?
And to think I had almost turned the key and headed for home.
Nothing much was happening at the harbor; I’d arrived late, long after most of the ducks had moved on up the channel at the harbor.
When all of a sudden, in flew three ducks who landed skerPLASH on the water in front of me.
A pair of Mallards… and a third duck I’d never seen before.
He had a beautiful chocolate head, white and brown mottled feathers, white chest with a sliver of white going up the neck – and a bluish bill that glowed in the glare of morning light.
I found out later, it was a Northern Pintail drake, another “new life bird”! Woo HOO! 😉 ❤
The other day I mentioned the Hooded Merganzers I’d recently met.
Among the Mallards they were, paddling about so quietly that I almost missed them.
Even with the water glare, when I did catch a glimpse of her I thought she was one of the prettiest little ducks I’d ever seen.
I must remember to ask her, who does her DOO?! 😉
I’ll be the first one to admit it…
Cape Cod can get downright bleak in winter, like some kind of dreary moor landscape straight out of a Bronte novel.
We have robins!!
I so remember one fine fall day, when a very special feather fell into my life.
It had been a tough day, a day of real struggles.
Just as I was heading out the door to get some time with the birds, I spied it.
Nestled into this planter on my deck, a glorious Red-tailed Hawk feather!
Yet it always seems that I notice it again, just when I really need it.
Thank you, Red-tailed Hawk, for this feather, your feather.
All is well, all is well, all is truly well.