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is being able to see all of the various critters that come to visit. As an example, this morning we were graced with the presence of these two Black Bellied Whistling Ducks for a quick breakfast and then an assumed completion of their journey south to the Texas Coast.





They are extremely unusual in this part of North Texas. This is only the 3rd time in 6 years here that we've seen a pair. More info about the Black Bellied Whistling Duck below ...

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Facts, Figures, Description and Photo

The diversity of waterfowl at the pond next to our home is due in great part to the fact that the birds aren't hunted or otherwise pressured here, and there is 24/7/52 availability of fresh feed for them.



 

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We have a whole flock of whistling ducks who live in the pond in our backyard. There are here year round, and a lot of fun to watch. And NOISY! Goodness, it is mating season and they are a rambunctious bunch! The dogs love watching them from the lanai. We also get a wide variety of waterfowl, as well as migratory flocks. Living on the Florida Gulf Coast does have its perks.

ETA: And River Otters! We have a family that comes out and frolics on the banks of the pond, they are a special treat.
 
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