2007 A Friendly Duck
Terry and I were out sailing early this week. The water was like glass
as you can see from the attached pictures. The sails were picking up
just enough wind to keep us moving albeit very slowly. We were just
relaxing and soaking up the sun and scenery. Travel was nil and we only
saw 2 other boats all afternoon.
Terry spotted something in the water a couple of hundred yards to port.
It was moving towards us and when it got close enough, we recognized it
as a duck. He/she swam within ten feet of the boat and started swimming
along with us. He was swimming faster than the boat was sailing and
circled us several times. After about 20 minutes as we approached the
narrows (where there was no sun) he left us.
When I got home I looked at my field guide for birds trying to identify
what kind of a duck it was. The closest I could come to identify it was
a bay duck but I think I was wrong because it was a smaller duck. If
there is any ornithologist out there, maybe you can identify it.