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When we took the usual quartermile walk through the woods to
the waterfowl observatory, we were
surprised by a sign pointing to a new
(to us) wetland walkway. There we
saw our fifth duck species - a pair of
mallards - by far the most common
waterfowl in the state, and greatly
prized by hunters.
Altogether, mallards account for
more than half Pennsylvania's annual
duck harvest, which averages from
60,000 to more than 90,000 a year.
As we expected, the waterfowl
observatory yielded views of rafts of
ducks, but, on that day, only off the

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left side in Grandpap's Cove. Also,
as we expected, when I slid open
the viewing slats, a cold wind off the
lake tore through the observatory,
numbing our hands as we held our
binoculars or adjusted the scope.
First we identified five canvasbacks,
the males' bright white backs and
longer red necks distinguishing them
from gray-backed redheads, which we
saw later from the beach area.
Both are diving ducks and usually
prefer deeper water, but canvasbacks
sometimes graze in flooded fields
during migration. The area we
were viewing from the observatory
included a long, grassy, shrubby island
in relatively low water.
The more we looked, the more
we saw water birds poking heads up
from behind the grasses and shrubs.
We counted five great blue herons
standing in a row and dozens of
Canada geese joined by a single
tundra swan.
Then, at last, we had
an excellent view of
four male northern
shovelers and
one female, both
sexes sporting their
distinctive long, spoonshaped bills. The female
was a drab brown, and the
males had reddish-brown
bellies and sides, white
breasts and dark green
heads.
Northern shovelers,
canvasbacks and
redheads do not breed in
Pennsylvania, although
the second atlas reports
that a couple records
for northern shovelers and
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