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Red Head Ducks

Wood Ducks, Red Head Ducks, Mallard Ducks, and the Hooded Merganser Ducks are the ducks featured in today’s post.  The Wood Ducks and Mallard Ducks are all year around resident ducks here on our lake and on several other small lakes nearby.  The Wood Ducks here are just a few, maybe ten at most and those are fairly spread out on the 101 acre lake.  These Wood Ducks are among the most beautiful of all the ducks.  The drake has much more color.  The Red-Head Ducks are winter visitors and are quite few in number.  I did not see a full flock but just four or five ducks.  A Red-Head drake has the crimson red colored head.  The Red-Head hen is a light brown color over all.  The Red-Head Ducks were in a very large group of Ring Necked Ducks and were here during the last week of December through the first few weeks of January.  I took the photograph of the Red-Head Ducks on Jan. 13, 2011.

The Hooded Merganser Ducks are diving ducks and have that very unusual feathered hood that can be raised and lowered by the duck at will.  The Hooded Merganser females are a rich chestnut-brown color.  The Mergansers were here on the lake about a month ago.   I took the pictures of the Wood Ducks last week and the Mallard Ducks two days ago.  By the way, the newest backyard visitor is an Opossum that my husband saw in the very early hours this morning.  One of these days I’ll snap a few pictures of these nocturnal visitors.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Drake Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard

Mallard Ducks

Hen Wood Duck

Wood Ducks

Drake Wood Duck

Hen Hooded Merganser Ducks

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Comments on: "Waterfowl Here This Winter, Part 2" (7)

  1. Very nice series of photos! The drake Mallard sure show up! The hen Wood Duck has more than the usual amount of horsepower! I just can’t get over all of the wildlife in your community: what a wonderful place it is!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes that hen Wood Duck is ready to go! Funny comment. I enjoy reading your great comments here. I am so lucky to live here. We have great conditions for waterfowl in the winter months as there is little boating and few people outside and plenty of food for most critters. Have a great day tomorrow!

  2. Thanks Linda for sharing your posts on the different ducks. The Wood Ducks are my fav’s —and seem to be the most beautiful ones around…

    Have a wonderful Saturday.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, I also just am crazy for the Wood Ducks! We were off today for a day trip to Pigeon Forge. First time there. Enjoyed that Bass Pro Shop super store in Sevierville very much! Have a super good day tomorrow!

  3. We have a lot of the mallards around here, but I wish we had some of the other kinds, especiallt the mergansers or wood ducks!

    • Hi Ginny, I think that the Wood Ducks are maybe native to this region. I know that the Wood Ducks have spread elsewhere in the country but I read someplace that long ago, the Wood Ducks were known as “Carolina Ducks” by some. Have a wonderful day. I do hope you’ll get to have some of the Wood Ducks or Mergansers visit.

  4. What a wide variety of water birds! I too am amazed at the variety you have on your lake.

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