This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

our first snowfall - ducks, dove and dog at the pond

Skippy and I took a walk around the big pond today with lightly falling snow. Its our first snow in the Boston area. I brought my camera and took photos of the birds and ducks (and Skippy).

I've done my best to name the ducks. Please let me know if any are misidentified.

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Mallard male

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male Ring-necked ducks

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female Ring-necked

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sleeping Canvasback male

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Hooded Merganser male

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Hooded Merganser female

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American coot

snowy dove by the pond
a puffy mourning dove (with blue eye shadow)

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And finally - Skippy! (lightly sprinkled with snow)

These ducks (and the dog and dove) are a common sight at the big pond (Fresh Pond, Cambridge MA) in early winter. The ducks stay til the pond freezes over. I think its one of the biggest ponds in the area. All the small ponds are frozen over now.

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Blogger Gardening in Texas said...

Brrr! I love the ducks. The dove looks cold! We are still in the 70's in Texas. We went for a walk at the beach this week. Posted pics on my blog. Expecting a cold front Christmas Eve, no snow though.

December 23, 2010 6:55 AM

Blogger Randy Emmitt said...

Hard to believe you just got your first snow there! Here in NC we have had at least an inch three times already! Think you got all the ducks correct!

December 23, 2010 8:12 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Randy, I was wondering about those mergansers with the buffleheads....

December 23, 2010 12:26 PM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

What gorgeous looking ducks. We don't have that type of variety where we are. Skippy is just adorable.

December 24, 2010 12:19 AM

Blogger Sande said...

What a great variety of ducks and some very nice photos, too. Skippy looks happy.

December 30, 2010 7:20 PM


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