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Whistlers on Wednesday

I spotted these Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, commonly called “Whistlers” on Sunday night at twilight at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages at Spanish Springs.  The charming ducks whistle instead of quacking.  This whistle is pretty high-pitched and distinctive.  They are aloof but generally very sweet ducks.  Beautiful with bright pink bills, legs and feet.  The birds get the pink bill and feet when they become adults.  They eat grains, seeds, and insects.  They are a welcomed duck here in our area!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "Whistlers on Wednesday" (4)

  1. Hello, love the cute Whistlers. They are one of my favorite ducks. Great photos and sighting. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  2. These are such cute ducks. I never heard of ducks that whistle. We are starting to get some ducks in Michigan now, and I recently saw a pair of mergansers, in addition to mallards.

    • Hi cynthiaac, Yes, these are lovely ducks that have a lot of charm and personality. Yes, they really do not quack. They mostly whistle when flying but also whistle to communicate. The mergansers are still around here a little and yes, we also have a lot of Mallards. Have a great day tomorrow!

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