I had seen a Gadwall Duck on the pond most days during the past few weeks. There were small group of Gadwalls here within the past month, but I think that the other Gadwalls are on the nearby lake. The Gadwall ducks are a lovely medium-sized grey-ish brown duck with a white patch on each of its wing feathers. The bill is a dark blue-brown. These ducks have a faint line over their eyes. Both genders pretty much look alike. This is a tipping duck that stretches its head and neck and tips downward in the shallow water to pull up aquatic bulbs, grasses and weeks. These ducks also occasionally eat insects but plants are their main diet. I have noticed that sometimes a stray duck or two will mix-in with the other ducks, especially with a group of Mallards. The Gadwalls are migratory visitors here. I enjoyed seeing the Gadwall here on the little farm pond. I took these pictures in my yard on Feb. 7, 2012, and Feb. 13, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
February 18, 2012