January 6, 2019
When we were scouting for the Matanzas Christmas Bird Count, we stopped to talk to a property owner to request permission to bird on his property. He was very nice and gave us permission. We chatted for a bit and the property owner told us about his animals. In that discussion, he mentioned that he had a horse with a duck friend. The duck wants to be by the horse and is unhappy if he can’t be by his horse friend.
On the day of the Christmas Bird Count, we saw the horse and duck when we went to the property to bird. We had to stop birding for a while just to watch as the duck made sure to stay close to the horse. As you can see from the picture above, the field is currently a lovely place for a duck. I’m not sure how the horses feel about all that water.
Below are a few pictures from the last several days.