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Casual Birding

'DUCKING' IN FEBRUARY ON THE FRONT RANGE

(February duck watching at Rigden Reservoir,  along the Poudre Bike Trail, Boyd Lake and Sawtail Pond (Boulder))

 

When bills and cleaning leads to annoyment

I go outside for some birdwatching enjoyment.

 

Out from a cottonwood peers a Screech Owl

But this is about winter waterfowl.

 

As soon as the ice leaves the pond

Many fly in for whom water is fond.

 

Goldeneyes, Buffleheads and even a Coot,

You must admit their names are a hoot.

 

Common or Hooded Mergansers and a Ruddy duck,

A Shoveler and a Pintail if you are in luck.

 

A Widgeon, a Gadwall and a Scaup or two

Join the Mallards and Geese, which are more than a few.

 

Redhead and Ringnecks are swimming around

Soon, many more in wetlands will abound.

 

And despite the noise from the trucks on the highway

You might see a Bald Eagle up in the skyway.