A flock of ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris) kept me company this morning as I manned the bridge. There were twelve of them: three females and nine males, all busy swimming and diving in the cold dark water of the canal. Every once in a while, on some signal only they could perceive, they would all take up at once and fly off. It didn't take long for them to find their way back though. Must be a fairly reasonable amount of food available for them here. Ring-necked ducks eat mostly vegetable matter with perhaps an occasional tasty little crustacean on the side.
We are expecting temperatures in the single to low double digits tonight - the ducks may be ice skating tomorrow ;)