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A Small Group of Mallards

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Mallard Ducks are one of the most commonly seen ducks here.  These ducks are found on small ponds, community lakes, and along the streams in the area.  There are four or five Mallards here on the pond.   They happily paddle around and grab insects, smaller aquatic animals and seeds, berries, and pond weeds.  They eat many different types of foods.  The drake or male is the one with the brilliant emerald-green or blue-green head and neck.  The hen is a sandy-brown with dark brown streaks.  Mallards are super quick birds and will take off if frightened by predators or sometimes, people.  Usually though, Mallards are pretty easy-going about people being around.  I took these pictures on Jan. 4, 2013 here in the yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture in the gallery.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Small Group of Mallards" (7)

  1. There is definitely an advantage living on or near the water, isn’t there? We don’t ever get to see any of the water birds –unless we walk to the lake!

    Hope you are still doing well—your eyes that is!!!! I know you must be happy being able to see so much better. My friend recently had a retina detachment –and had surgery. Very serious–but she is doing fine.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, My eyes are well, thanks. I was very happy that for me, the surgeries both were very quick, painless, and easy. I am going for my big follow-up this week. I see very well. Yes, the waterbirds in your area are on the lakes or maybe on the golf course water feature ponds. Have a super good coming week and thanks again about my eyes.

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    i was happy to see 3 bachelors take up sometime residence on our pond this winter.

  3. We have lots of these around here and in our yard, but they do get so mean when they are mating!

  4. I’m glad that you have the Mallards. They are no longer in this area, probably because all of the smaller ponds and lakes are frozen over now. The river is still open though and we have a good number of geese and plenty of Goldeneyes have moved in now and will probably spend their winter here.

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