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Wild Bird Wednesday–Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

My friend, Merle, shared on her lovely blog that she saw a pair of Northern Shovelers at a local city park. I had to go check it out for myself, as I’d never seen them. Today I’m sharing them with Wild Bird Wednesday. (Merle also saw a Bald Eagle at the same park, that encounter can also be found on her blog at the blue highlighted link above.)

Northern Shoveler, male and female

Northern Shovelers are easily identified by a large spoonbill. They can be found in marshes, ponds, and bays. They are small, 17-20″. (43-50 cm) They are widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter in Central America and Africa.

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