On the Saturday, Jean and I went to the Falls to observe the reported duck. As we approached the pond in the west end of the nature area, it appeared the Northern Pintail was not there. No open water and I suspected that the ducks sitting on the ice were most likely all Mallards.
To my surprise, the Northern Pintail flew across the road in front of our vehicle as we arrived at the parking area near the pond. The male pintail was not afraid of the people feeding the Mallards nor of us and we could approach it closely after it returned to its original location to feed with the Mallards by the frozen pond.
Both the Northern Pintail and Brown Creeper were added to the year list and if I Jean had not observed the creeper, the somewhat tame pintail would have been added for the 22nd day of the Bird-A-Day challenge. I selected Brown Creeper because I planned on returning to Dufferin Islands the next day. The Northern Pintail would still be there, right?