• There was a lot of luck involved with this because the final result shouldn’t have happened. I considered the chance of this bird remaining for the full photo shoot to be very slim. Little did I know that the duck was OK with what was going on and it would be me rather than the bird that would end the encounter. And yes, it is a striking species.

  • I’m sure this particular bird as well as the others have left. The snow that hit various areas almost a week ago would have been the last call. I was near this particular site yesterday and there was no sign of it.

  • Unlike wandering songbirds that get lost late in the season and lose the interest in migrating, often perishing when the weather turns very cold, these birds seem to be smart enough to exit before they get in trouble.