Today was another AMNH winter walk and apparently we used up all of our good weather last week. Ah well, at least it's not raining like it was yesterday! The good news is, the walk was great and my rain boots are champions - 4 miles of city walking last night and who knows how far today, and they were totally fine. Yay for good rain boots! The bad news is, the light was terrible. It wasn't raining, but it was ~almost~ raining the whole time. Just a bit on the dismal side........
OK, yeah, anyway, on to what we actually saw. Right away at the upper lobe we saw a whole bunch of northern shovelers, showing off their technique in a whirling mass on the water. Also several were roosting on some branches, and this one intrepid couple came right over.
Coots! Hahaahahaha, every day is better with coots. This is the best picture even though the coot is disappearing into the bridge. They are hilarious to watch, it was great to see them up close.