Mallards are the “Resident” ducks here at the little farm pond. They are the single kind of duck that sticks around all year-long. The flock is a small one with only about eight or so around. They come and go a lot. There is a small lake across the road and several other farm ponds in the vicinity. There also are two other lakes in the area. So lots of places for waterfowl to be happy at. The drake or male Mallard is the one with that emerald-green head. The hen is a tan-to-brown with dark brown streaks and a touch of blue on each wing.
The Mallards are tipping ducks and eat aquatic vegetation, land-based plants, grains, and both aquatic and land insects. These ducks are very quacky and seem social-even with other kinds of ducks. There are also many Mallard Ducks that are hybrids. These are the ones that have just a slightly different look. The Mallard crosses are often with the Teal or Black Ducks. I took these pictures in my yard on several days this week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!