Thanks to Alan I now know the ducks I was seeing are called Barrow's Goldeneye. Thanks Alan for the info!
YNP was in a Winter Storm Warning yesterday. It snowed most of the day but nothing that stuck around in Mammoth. This morning I heard the snowplows come by at 4:30 and discovered that about 3 inches fell, and this time it stuck. I was hoping for more but I will take what I can get. When I'm at work the snowplow guys plow out my parking area at the YCC for me. I am so glad for that because I don't have a shovel. I have been using a broom to sweep off my stairs and car and my broom is no match against a large area of snow.
The elk have been in Mammoth lately, I am even seeing them in the mornings at the Yak. Yesterday on my way to work I had to come to a stop in the road as elk and a coyote wandered around the road.
I read in the paper yesterday that a snowmobiler had been killed in an avalanche near Cooke City. A grim reminder that beautiful places can also be dangerous.