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Drake and Hen Ruddy Ducks

The private community lake here in Cumberland County, Tennessee where I live has seen Bufflehead Ducks, Greater Scaup Ducks, Lesser Scaup Ducks,  Mallard Ducks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Red-Head Ducks, Ring-Neck Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, as well as Canada Geese, a Greylag Goose, American Coots, Pied-Billed Grebes, Western Grebes, and  a few Northern Loons visiting this winter.  Our 101 acre private community lake is very quiet during the winter months so the waterfowl are safe here.  There seems to be plenty to eat with lawns, water plants, insects, fish, and small aquatic animals here in the lake and along the shore.  We do not allow hunting within our community so that adds to the security the waterfowl feel.  The lake is a man-made fishing lake with many homes and a hardwood forest ringing the shore.  These ducks are all wonderful and I have been happy to have had the chance to see them!  Part two of this series will be posted here in coming days and will show photographs of different duck species.  I took the pictures of the Bufflehead Ducks yesterday afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Drake Bufflehead Ducks

Hen Bufflehead Ducks

Drake Ring-Neck Duck

Hen Ring-Neck Duck

Comments on: "Waterfowl Here This Winter, Part 1" (7)

  1. Hi Linda, Great post… I’m looking forward to part II also… I’ve enjoyed learning more about all of the ducks… I truly had no idea there were so many –and I certainly didn’t know their names… Thanks so much for sharing.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Hi Betsy, Yes we have had 10 or so species of ducks here. I saw a couple of Wood Ducks and several Mallard Ducks this morning so far. I took many pictures of Bufflehead Ducks yesterday near the dam. I am enjoying the warmer weather in spite of the drizzle. Have a super day!

  3. I like what you’re attempting with this blog–seems we may be of like-minds! My own WordPress blog is an effort to help people reconnect with wildlife and the natural world right outside their own door. Check it out if you’re curious–www.nextdoornature.org

    • Hello Kieran or Nancy, Welcome to the blog. I am taking the pictures and posting on my blog for both enjoyment and educational reasons. I want to share the views of the wildlife seen from my windows, neighborhood and the community here. I live along a private lake in a large community of both vacation homes and permanent residents. We have a setting that is largely mixed hardwood forest with several small lakes. I enjoy the beautiful area and love seeing a wide variety of wildlife. Have a fantastic day. I did take a look at your blog and find it very nice, by the way!

  4. You certainly do have a large variety there! I enjoy your photos and descriptions. Tomorrow I hope to hike through the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 50 miles from my home. I will be looking for owls, but the weather still isn’t very good here. It’s forecast to be a little windy with temps in the 20’s.

  5. Gosh, I wouldn’t be able to chose a favorite!

  6. Great shots and post on the ducks. I have been seeing lots of ducks, this is a good time before they head back north.

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