Bird #112 — Gadwall

anas (duck) strepera (noisy)

Wednesday, March 19, 1980 — 5:30 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

This Gadwall was swimming in Crabtree Lake.  I was on a duck craze this spring.  I felt like I had to see them all during this one migration, as though I would never get another opportunity.  And I almost succeeded.  Day by day I went forth seeking new ducks.  And Crabtree was where I was usually went because I still wasn’t aware of any other good birding sites.  One by one, I added ducks to the list.  The more ducks I saw, the more driven I became to see the rest.  It was a month-long adrenaline rush.

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