The sun is almost at 45° in the sky at noon and yet the cold persists. I discovered this phenomenon along the banks of the Humber where some branches dangling in the (receding yet rough) water have picked up ice in the same way that candlemakers make candles.
I managed to get my closest yet to the mystery ducks and have finally recognized them thanks to Professor Google.
They are Common Mergansers – a name that I don’t remember hearing before – but that could be me.
Nesting in tree cavities, Common Mergansers, found all over North America dive to feed on fish and other aquatic animals. They make a nice change from the usual Mallard ducks who are considerably tamer.