One pair of greater scaup ducks, two pairs of bufflehead ducks, and many Canadian geese swam in the pond on the first Monday morning in April. It was cold, cloudy and windy. I was on a quest to see migrating ducks.
The greater scaup ducks are new-to-me-this-year ducks. The pair kept to the far side of the pond. While watching them and hoping they would swim closer, I noticed a small bird digging in the mud close to the edge of the water. I waited patiently for him to make his way around the pond to where I stood.
The Wilson’s snipe is the same size as the American robin. Unlike the robin whose rusty red front stands out against the grass, the snipe is expertly camouflaged. His light yellow and brown strips blended in well with the dried grass and mud on the edge of the pond.
When the snipe saw me, he skittered up the bank and disappeared behind a clump of grass. After tentatively peering out of his hiding place, he waded into the water and continue his search for food back the way he had come.
A Wilson’s snipe in a pond in Jester Park, Iowa, April 2, 2018.
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