A Pair of Mallard Ducks
There are still a few ducks around the little farm pond. All of the ducks and geese here are wild waterfowl. I do not feed the waterfowl at all, at least not intentionally. There is a pair of very bright Mallard Ducks that has figured out that tasty little morsels of bird seed fall from the feeder whenever birds perch there. When the feeder tips a bit, seeds fall to the ground and boy to those ducks enjoy it! So the pair of Mallards can sometimes be seen waddling up to the house area from the pond. It is slightly comical.
The other ducks here are a small flock of Wood Ducks, and the lone female Ring-Necked Duck that has lived here for several months. The Mallards and the Wood Ducks live around here all year-long but the Ring-Necked Duck should be a migrant visitor. We will see. I took these pictures on May 4, 2012 and again on May 6, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Drake Mallard Duck
A Drake Wood Duck
The Hen Ring-Necked Duck
Yesterday was a breezy sunny and cool day here at the little farm. I was out with the camera twice. I took the picture of the Canada Goose walking into the pond in the late morning. The Canada Geese spend their breakfast time here at the pond and then fly over to the nearby lake. I snapped the rest of these pictures at about 2:30 PM. The Great Blue Heron is a different bird from the one that usually wades along the shoreline here at the little farm pond. The heron was up on the pasture with the cattle that the next door farmer has. I was overjoyed to see a Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker woodpecker hunting for insects in the grass near the dam area of the pond. The yellow coloring of the shafts of his feathers are easily seen when he flies.
The Mallard Ducks are almost always here. The drake Mallard is very handsome with his emerald-green head The bottom middle photograph is of the pair of Hooded Mergansers that showed up here yesterday. Perhaps these Mergansers have been this way before and are on their return north. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!