but not of the athletic variety…
Here’s a duck that really likes its green vegetables and will graze happily in the water on aquatic plants or on land. Their short, stubby bill provides the leverage to forcefully pull up plants other ducks cannot get.
Widgeons (both Eurasian and American) breed in the far northern temperate zone and migrate to southerly latitudes with open water for the winter. Wikipedia says widgeons are highly gregarious outside of the breeding season, but this guy was all by himself.
American Tree Sparrows look like a bigger version of a Chipping Sparrow with their chesnut crown and eyestripe, and the mottled brown and tan plumage. But they have a faint black spot in the middle of their buffy breast feathers that Chipping Sparrows lack.
A small flock of 4 sparrows foraged in the weedy gravel, picking out microscopic (to me) seeds that had fallen there. I suppose wind-blown seed easily gets trapped in gravel, making it a good place to forage, because the birds spent several minutes scouring the roadbed.