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 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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18 thoughts on “Wild Bird Wednesday–Northern Shoveler

  1. These are one of my most favourite ducks – as a kid I used to call them “shove holers” as a joke – and its a hard habit to break. We have a different species here.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    PS: thanks for the comments about the email – I just think I was shocked by the whole episode!

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  2. We have a pair of these in the canal behind our house. They are fascinating to watch. They’re well-named because they swim around shoveling the water for food. I guess they are able to filter out the water somehow.

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  3. I’ve never seen Northern Shovelers. They bear a strong resemblance to Mallards except for that bill. I enjoy watching ducks gliding across the water and playing duck games.
    Very pretty photo. πŸ™‚

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