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More on the Pond Ducks

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A group of four Mallard Ducks reluctantly joined that lone Bufflehead drake a week ago on the little farm pond.  The drake Bufflehead spotted the much larger Mallard Ducks and wanted to say hello.  I wish I could say that the Mallards were hospitable, but basically they just acknowledged the presence of the little white and black duck and then ignored it.  The ducks did spend a moment doing some preening or grooming their feathers.  That preening is very important as the feathers must stay clean in order to help the ducks float and also stay warm.  I took these pictures last week in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "More on the Pond Ducks" (9)

  1. Good Morning on a rainy morning…. Those winds were pretty strong last night, weren’t they? But–it doesn’t appear as if we are going to get any of the winter precipitation with the latest storms this week…

    Great pictures of your duck-babies.

    • Hi Betsy, Well, you know me, I like being warm and though I do like snow, I wish that when it did snow, more would stick – you do get more on the ground in your neighborhood than I do here in the South of the county. Have a super nice day today and thanks for your neat comments!

  2. Interesting that they tolerate the little guy though.

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, barely so. Mallards are easy-going and social ducks which is why, ahem, there are many hybrid Mallards around. No fear of a cross of Mallard and Bufflehead though I don’t imagine. Have a wonderful day today!

  3. TexWisGirl said:

    about 6 gadwalls and a few mallards are sharing our pond these days. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, Gadwalls are very nice ducks. We had a flock on the lake where I last lived about two years ago. Glad your pond is a duck magnet! Have a great Wed. tomorrow!

  4. Well, at least they didn’t attack him or run him out. The mystery deepens! Where are his flock mates and how did he get lost? Does he act sick?

  5. Nice shots of your Mallard and the Bufflehead. They are look pretty with the sun shining on their pretty heads. Have a happy day!

  6. How could the mallards not like the little bufflehead?!! Hoping he’s loving the feeding grounds and that’s why he’s hanging around. Great capture of him flapping his wings! He’s telling the mallards, hey, look at me! 🙂

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