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Monday, April 01, 2013

Serene Scenery Monday - Back to the KSO!

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me - Zim!  As I mentioned the other day, I took Mom on two bird-watching trips to the Kansas Ocean last week.  It was so relaxing and we had such a serene time that I thought I would do a delayed "serene" post this week.  Why not head back to the KSO now and take a look!?!  We saw totally different ducks that time and we need your help IDing one of them!  Grab a bowl of water and some coffee for your biped and let's go birding!

As always, I had a good look around when we got there:

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It was a bit breezy, as you can tell from my fur!

We saw Blue Winged Teals again!

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Blue Winged Teals

Then I saw my favorite ducks!

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See the resemblance?

We also saw these guys!

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Ring-Necked Ducks!

We do believe they're Ring-Necked Ducks!  (Check this link.)  Aren't they cool?  Here are some more pix of them:

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Here's one swimming with some Redheads and friends!

IMG_1314cps Ring-Necked Duck, Redheads and ?

Mom is trying to ID the duck in the upper right-hand corner of that photo above.

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"Ha roo?"

Let's zoom in - check the upper right in these pix:

IMG_1315cps Ring-Necked Duck, Redhead and ?

IMG_1271cps Redhead and friends

Sort of a coppery-brown head with a white dot by his bill.  If you have any ideas, please let us know!

I made sure to scan the whole ocean, checking for more ducks:

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That's one of the cool things about the Kansas Ocean - you can pretty much take in the whole thing from one vantage point.  Not all oceans are like that!

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"Front and center, Mom!  More Redheads!"

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Be sure to check the upper left-hand corner of the photo above!  Dive!  Dive!  Dive!  Ha roo roo roo!  I hope he got something tasty!

After we'd been there a while, the ducks must have had their fill of being at the KSO and took off:

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I wished them a good afternoon ...

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"Fly safe!  See everyduck again soon!"

... then Mom and I headed home, too.

I hope you enjoyed coming to the ocean with us.  For more pix of the birds we saw, please visit our FlickR set Birds!

Play bows,


  1. Oh Zim, I liked seeing the ducks, especially the redheaded ones, but I think YOU'RE the handsomest redhead out there.


  2. Do you think you can give some tips to the Homeowner's Association of Webster Manor some tips on how to keep the algae out of the Kansas Ocean?

    They dump a bunch of chemicals into ours and it makes it so so so so so gross and stuff grows anyway. We hate it.


  3. I love tagging a long ducking with you Zim. Your mom sure can take some awesome photos of the birdies. Of course I know you are a big part of her getting so many good shots. They all want to come on over and say quack at you.

  4. The red headed duck has your color hair, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  5. It's so interesting that there's so much to see there, Zim! Piappies Mom like the Blue Winged Teals. They're so pretty. The Redheads sure remind us of you. Thanks for the zoom in alert, that duckie sure looked like he got himself some treats.

    Great to go bird watching with you. Til the next one.

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  6. those ducks don't have nothing on you ..zim!
    stella rose and mags

  7. Ha-Roo Zim no wonder you can talk bird you's a red head too. Quackidy quack my friend. Have a Happy April Fools Day.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. You have stumped us with your mystery duck!


  9. I am not a redhead but I would like to make friends with those ducks!

    Happy easter to you all.

  10. Beautiful pictures of your ducky friends, Zim! The one that was, er, bottoms up made us mol :D Your mystery duck is a mystery to us too. We want to say Canvas Back, but we don't think that is right. Whatever it is, it's beautiful :)

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie

  11. There sure are a lot of redheads in your neck of the woods, er, ocean! It's fun seeing all the birdies with you!

  12. Its the Distantwingedquacker your looking at as a mystery duck. Or maybe something else.


  13. Hi Zim, I love your duck pictures. I think your mystery duck is a female Lesser Scaup. If you scroll down to the pictures at the bottom of this page ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Lesser_Scaup/id ) you can see the middle picture looks a lot like your mystery duck

    Millie & Cindy

  14. I always love your informative trips to the Kansas ocean.

    Loveys Sasha

  15. We love coming along with you on your duckie adventures, Zim. Your mom takes the best photos!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly