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Lesser Scaup Ducks, Red Head Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Northern Pintail Ducks, and the gorgeous Bufflehead Ducks were all in abundance on the 101 acre private community lake here on December 30, 2010, and December 31, 2010.  I also took pictures of the Red Head Ducks on Jan. 1, 2011.  The Lesser Scaup Ducks were in a large flock with many Mallard Ducks.  There were also a few Canada Geese, Western Grebes, Pied-Billed Grebes and lots of American Coots out on the lake, too.  The Scaups, Red Heads and Buffleheads are diving ducks and all seemed a bit smaller than the Mallards.  The Ducks looked like they were in prime condition with brilliant feather colors.  I so enjoyed seeing the huge numbers here!  The Bufflehead Duck males are mostly white with black accents.  The Bufflehead females, or hens,  are dark brown with white accents, and look like almost an opposite of the male or drake.  The Northern Pintail Duck has that upright stiff tail that is fairly long.  The Mallard male has a green head, grey and buff body with charcoal accents.  The female Mallard is mostly a medium tan with streaks of dark brown and white.  The Lesser Scaup Ducks, Pintail Ducks, Red Heads and Buffleheads are migrant visitors.  So are the Coots.  We do have the Mallards here year around as we also have Wood Ducks off and on for most of the year.  All are lovely!  By the way, no hunting is allowed on or around the lake here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Happy Bunch of Ducks, Part 2 of 2" (6)

  1. You really do have an amazing variety of ducks there! I live near a river and see ducks and geese every day, but not the wide assortment that you have, even in summer. I enjoy seeing your photos and sharing your enthusiasm!

    • Hi Montucky, Thank you so much! I highly appreciate it. Thanks also for your fine comments. Glad you enjoy the blog here. By the way, I just got to take a few quick pictures of a quintet of Buffleheads before they spotted me and flew off. Have a super great day!

  2. Is it unusual to have so many and so much variety? Are some migrating?

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, I think it is very unusual to have so many ducks here at the same time. Many are migrating from way up North. Our year around ducks are mostly Mallards, and the Wood Ducks. The Canada Geese and that Greylag Goose are also here almost all the time. Other than those, the rest are visitors. Have a super great day!

  3. Hi Linda, Great pictures of all of the ducks.. Guess they are happy now that the lake is not frozen. It was cold this morning but has warmed up nicely now.

    • Hi Betsy, Well, the lake is still thawed but I am once again seeing ice at the immediate shoreline and a thin veil way out. So, hopefully it won’t freeze over completely. Many of those ducks seem to have left for warmer places – we provided a much needed stop-over I guess. Have an excellent evening!

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