Blogger Patricia Youngquist is an author and a photographer. Her recent e-book, BIRD TALES, is interactive and includes the Blue jay featured above. Prior works include versions of WORDS IN OUR BEAK, where the stories are narrated by Cam, a female cardinal. Additionally, some of her photographs have been licensed by Fine Art America to reproduce as wall art and on to an array of surfaces for various products! Do view both side-bars for specific details on all of this.
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Monday, December 11, 2017
My Monday Musings
Yesterday I went for a walk in Central Park with my next store neighbor. We sat on a bench that had a good view of The Bow Bridge, as well as of the lake, and noticed that groups of ducks were swimming in circles.
When I came home I googled "ducks-swimming-in-circles behavior" and discovered the You Tube video that is posted atop this entry. What can be seen in it, is exactly what I saw the ducks doing in Central Park.
Evidently, this clip appears to have been posted by someone who saw this citing in Arizona. I was glad to come upon the video as I was unable to take any decent pictures of the ducks who were swimming in Central Park's lake.
Someone has commented on this video stating: "believe it or not I am glad to see this video as I am watching ducks do this exact same thing in the pond in the back of my mothers house and have been wondering why they do this I just googled it and it seems they do this to stare of algae and other possible edible things in the water to eat."
I thank the person who commented who posted the video as well as the one who commented on it, as their actions cleared up this phenomenon for me. Had I not seen their content, I'd still be going in circles to find the reason for these ducks' behavior. However, I am sorry I could not get any decent pictures of the swimmming-in-circles-ducks during my walk.
Moreover, I thought the ducks I had observed were the "usual" Mallards that I have seen in the park's lake (and successfully photographed). However, I did some research, and it looks like (from my understanding of Cornell's web-page, that I might've seen ducks known to be members of the Northern Shovelers, which are the ones featured in this You Tube video — don't get too dizzy watching these birds' antics.
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