A muskrat! Holy cow. They resemble raccoon-sized rats. I have never seen one before.
I think these were Northern Shovelers. Another species of bird I have NEVER seen before!
I think this was a Ring-Necked Duck or possibly a Lesser Scaup. But his head shape makes me think the former, not the later.... it's really amazing. I usually only see Mallard ducks. Occassionally, in the Adirondacks, I hear a Common Loon. Seeing all of these "exotic" ducks... so close to home... was such a treat! I think I am becoming a birder!!