An American coot waddles along on the shoreline on its three-toed feet.
A canvasback duck swims on the river near Dan Daniel Park.
Early in the morning, a small flock of Canada geese take flight with the moon in the background.
A male hooded merganser stands on a rock in the river near the Public Works department.
This odd looking bird is a Muscovy duck and occasionally one can be seen on the Riverwalk Trail.
This mallard couple has been around for years at the same spot each day on the Riverwalk Trail.
Though it may look a little like a duck and walks like a duck when on shore, this pied-billed grebe is not a duck.
Sadie, an English setter, encounters the wrath of a white domestic goose when she wanders too near the goose’s gosling.
Not ducks in a row, but three white domestic geese are standing in row on the Riverwalk Trail.
What may look like an odd Olympic sport is actually a goose chasing a frozen biscuit on a frozen creek near the Public Works department.
- Douglas Adams, British writer/humorist
“If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae (heavy bodied water fowl with webbed feet) on our hands.”
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:35 pm
During the winter months, there are fewer walkers on the Riverwalk Trail, and there are, often, fewer animals to see. However, a visitor to the river can count on seeing ducks (mostly mallards and an occasional canvasback) and geese (both Canada geese and domestic geese).
There are a number of myths about ducks and geese. Here are five of the myths and what I have learned, based solely on observation, during my decade of walking on the trail.
Hoffman is a professor of English and journalism at Averett University. An article about his English setter, Sadie, will appear in the March/April issue of Blue Ridge Country magazine. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 8:35 pm.