Looking at the frozen pond in front of our house, with the temperature (again) hovering in the -30 C range, made me wistful for spring.
Although we sometimes get blue-winged teal visitors to our pond, they have never nested here, preferring larger wetland complexes, at least in this area.
They are the 2nd most abundant duck in North America and one of the first duck species to leave their breeding grounds come autumn. Most spend their winters in northern South America. They really don’t like the cold, which is why I thought of them this morning.