Northern Shovelers are around. Reports have indicated they have been seen at Mundy Pond, Virginia River and Second Pond. Up until yesterday, I had only heard about two at each location. However, I saw three female shovelers at Quidi Vidi Lake yesterday morning. A quick check this morning turned up zero Northern Shovelers. It is as though they don't quite know where to stay. Are there only three or are there more moving around between the ponds?
The clincher here is the very long bill that is wider at the tip than at the base. These ducks are definitely front-loaded which may account for the fact that their bill always points down toward the water.