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!