'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.