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Mallard Way

These lovely ducks winter in Flagstaff,

and spent this morning cruising the Sinclair Wash

 

 

 

Continuing a series of images from a snowy walk through the woods on January 9th.  Flagstaff had gotten nearly three feet of snow the previous week, and then the sun shone gloriously on Saturday morning. There is as an extensive trail system around and through Flagstaff, and I'm blessed to live about 20 paces from the Sinclair Wash section of it.  My walk takes me through the forest, along a small wash that is the tributary to the Rio de Flag, next to the cattails of the Rio Marsh area, and the water management pond.  (I apologize that many of you may have already seen some of these on Facebook...)

 

 

 

Mallard Way

These lovely ducks winter in Flagstaff,

and spent this morning cruising the Sinclair Wash

 

 

 

Continuing a series of images from a snowy walk through the woods on January 9th.  Flagstaff had gotten nearly three feet of snow the previous week, and then the sun shone gloriously on Saturday morning. There is as an extensive trail system around and through Flagstaff, and I'm blessed to live about 20 paces from the Sinclair Wash section of it.  My walk takes me through the forest, along a small wash that is the tributary to the Rio de Flag, next to the cattails of the Rio Marsh area, and the water management pond.  (I apologize that many of you may have already seen some of these on Facebook...)

 

 

 

comments (16)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Feb 2016, 04:33
This is a classic. What a wonderful picture and you are blessed indeed to live that close to this wonderful world.
A likey to me
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh thank you for the likey, Astrid!
Blessed indeed - I love it here. I'm so pleased Frank feels the same about Flagstaff - if U.S. Immigration will let us, we'll make a life here! smile
i love this beautiful image of the ducks surrounded by snow Elizabeth...
the ducks will stay in Canada as long as there is open water running... we used to have a few hundred of them wintering in the Rideau River in Ottawa when we lived there....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Peter!
I love seeing ducks... our water habitats are not as common - so I always enjoy water critters!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2016, 05:38
They look very much like our Shoveler, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: There are some Shovelers in the mix, here, Lisl! You're right!
Absolutely wonderful, Elizabeth, in that wintry setting!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Ginnie!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2016, 06:22
Beautifully marked birds aren't they
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are- Lisl remarked that the ones closest look like Shovelers - and she's right!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Feb 2016, 07:31
Fabulous! I do like the way their are cruising up the water and admiring the snow either side. I guess that the water wil lstay clear of ice unless it gets really cold?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Alan! Yes they seemed quite happy! Yes - the wash runs rapidly enough through the winter, that it rarely gets iced over.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Feb 2016, 07:56
Excellent with the Wash at a diagonal through your picture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Louis!
Id go somewhere warmer if it was me Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile They don't seem to bothered by it! smile
Simply wonderful Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Richard!
We also have sunshine today, Frank is in his back garden in his shorts and sitting on his sunbed.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh good! Yes, I expect him to be all tanned up!
It has the bill of a shoveler but i HAVE NO TIME TO MAKE A POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION UNTIL AFTER WORK. Sorry. I love ducks of any kind and there are lots here.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're right, Mary! There are definitely some Shovelers mixed in with those Mallards!
Lovely picture E. Us immigration should remember you used to be one of our colonies grin
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Bill!
Yes they should! And you'd think they'd welcome British pension pounds being spent here by a guy who has no intention of taking anyone's job! smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Feb 2016, 18:16
A lovely image Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly, Anne!
And here we have daffodils, crocuses, and snowdrops out, not to mention japonica!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's an upside down world sometimes! smile
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2016, 15:17
Pretty leading lines. Poor mallards!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Bonnie! They seem quite happy - if they weren't they only need to travel 200 miles to the south to get to the Phoenix golf courses! smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Feb 2016, 07:09
If I am reading duck body language correctly, Elizabeth, they are enjoying their outing.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I hope you are, Ray!!

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