A trio of migratory Blue Winged Teal Ducks was briefly here on the little farm pond on April 2, 2012 in the afternoon. The ducks came, the cattle decided to wade, and off the ducks flew! The Blue Winged Teal are medium-sized ducks that enjoy a diet of snails, worms, aquatic insects, and a few aquatic bulbs. These ducks are lovely. This type of duck has been here on the pond before and last visited several weeks ago. This trio is likely an advanced group moving North. The Blue Winged Teal nest and spend the late Spring and Summer in the Northern U.S.A. and in Canada. They like ponds, lakes, and slow marshy areas of rivers. The male is a medium brown and has a black bill and a crescent-shaped white mark on its face. The hens are a mottled light tan with white and black streaks as well as a black bill. The hens look very similar to the Mallards or the Black Ducks. The hens are more quacky than the drakes are. I will present part two of this series tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
April 6, 2012