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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!

Comments on: "Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Part 1 of 2" (7)

  1. i have never heard of these ducks before, they are quite handsome!

  2. Hi Linda, So glad you got to see the Blue-Winged Teal Ducks … I can’t wait ’til the Grosbeaks stop by here this Spring.

    We got home from our trip right BEFORE the rains came late yesterday afternoon… Glad we finally got some rain…

    Happy Easter.

    • Hi Betsy, Had heavy rain and tiny (fortunately it was tiny) hail here. Yes, I am glad for having had that rain. Today was cool but beautiful. The geese here are nesting and I think many ducks and waterbirds are either nesting or on the way home up North. Saw a Bald Eagle in FFG near St. George Lake this afternoon (did not have my camera). Have a super Saturday and Happy Easter!

  3. TexWisGirl said:

    the cattle are adorable!!! so cute!

    • Hi TexWisGirl, Yes, I sometimes just stare out my window and watch their antics. They are quite adept at wading in the cool pond water. I am crossing my fingers since we don’t have a fence in the pond, that they behave and stay on their own side. Ha! Have a wonderful Saturday and a fantastic Easter!

  4. You are so lucky to see all of these great ducks. Wonderful sightings and photos.

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