Sunday, February 12, 2012

Goldeneye are Back

These are some great-looking ducks. Every year they pass through Manitou--spending a few weeks at the lake. They are extremely shy, and easily spooked. When they fly off, they make a high trilling sound in time with their beating wings--one of the great sounds of winter. We have around a dozen bouncing in the water around the front of the island. They are diving frequently, so there's food of some kind in the freezing water.