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Plenty of Ducks!

Black-bellied Whistlers

Black-bellied Whistlers

Whistlers (Black-bellied Whistling Ducks), Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Florida Mottled Ducks, and yes, a lone Lesser Scaup duck, were all spotted this past week here in ponds and lakes in my area.  I am seeing more and more small flocks of migrating ducks around lately.

I have been told that more will be arriving including my very favorite, the Buffleheads!  I sure will be happy if I get to see some of those around the area’s small lakes and ponds!  I usually go out bird watching with the camera at about dusk as that is when I have more free time.  I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful ducks as much as I do.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger image.  Enjoy!

A Whistler

A Whistler

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

A Bunch of Ducks (Whistlers, Mottled, and Mallards with Geese and Cormorants and an Egret)

Whistlers, Mottled Ducks, Mallard Ducks, with Common Cormorants and an American White Ibis


A Lesser Scaup Duck

A Lesser Scaup Duck

A flock of Hooded Merganser Ducks

A flock of Hooded Merganser Ducks

A drake Mallard Duck

A drake Mallard Duck


Comments on: "Plenty of Ducks!" (8)

  1. It’s that time of year. Nearly all of the ducks have left here already. Sill a lot of geese around though.

    • Hi Montucky, We have Canada Geese, Chinese Geese, and Egyptian Geese here. I also saw one hybrid Canada Goose that looked like a regular Canada but with inverse head markings. Interesting looking bird. Glad you still have some waterfowl around in your vicinity. Have a great day today!

  2. love them! you get such great variety there!

  3. Wonderful collection of ducks and images. The Whistling duck will always be a favorite but I like the Hooded Mergansers too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead!

  4. If you can offer any help for my situation, it would be greatly appreciated. My grand daughter was given 5 baby mallards at Easter; I allowed them here because I thought they would be great fun to watch in the pond behind my townhouse. This journey has turned into a nightmare since finding out that we couldn’t just place the ducklings in the pond without a mother or they would not survive. We have raised them with the hope of releasing them into the pond when they became fully feathered. That time has come and gone and these ducks refuse to go in the pond or leave my backyard. My beautiful yard has become a slop coop. They have eaten my flowers and shrubs, they dig holes and cause muddy slop everywhere, and I’ve had to put a temporary gate up to keep them off of the patio area because the poop was everywhere. I can no longer enjoy coffee on my back patio because the flies are unbearable. (and unhealthy for that matter) I have a serious problem here, and I am totally stressed living with the daily fear that my HOA will find out about these ducks and issue a hefty fine. The ducks are adorable and all have names. I don’t want to harm them but something has to be done. Please help!

    • Hi Tessa, I hope one of my readers could chime in and make a suggestion here. I would say you may want to approach a local farm if there is one in your vicinity. Perhaps the local 4-H Club could be of help and maybe a member would take the ducklings? A last ditch effort would be to try a local animal shelter but they probably would not take the ducklings. Another idea would be to ask at a local Vets office/animal hospital. If you live in Florida, you would have to make sure you give to a person who can keep the birds on their own farm pond. I do not live on property any longer but live in a planned retirement community so I cannot take the ducklings. I wish you well. Have a good day tomorrow!

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