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Wild Waterfowl on the Pond

There were four different species of duck as well as the Canada Geese here on the pond on April 28, 2012 when I took these pictures from my yard.  The ducks here were:  Wood Ducks, Ring-Necked Duck, Mallard Ducks, and a pair of Blue-Winged Teal Ducks.  They were all bunched up in the spillway area of the dam because the cows were wading in the pond a little ways up on that same shoreline.  Funny to see the papa Canada Goose basically surrounded by all those ducks.  Good thing everyone gets along well. I was quite happy to see the ducks.  It won’t be long now before the geese have their new arrivals.  The goose eggs should hatch out any day now.  Will be nice to see the Canada Goslings when they hatch.  I’ll keep you posted.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Drake Mallard Ducks

I was happy to see several drake Mallard Ducks here on the little pond this past week.  I took these pictures on April 15, 2012 and again on April 21, 2012 in my yard.  The drake or male Mallard Ducks have an emerald-green head, grayish-brown back, blue and white patches on the wings (especially seen when the duck is flying), orange feet, and a dark brown tail.  The bill is usually a greenish-yellow or also an orange-yellow in color.  They are quite social and tend to quack a lot at times.  They are larger than many other ducks.  There is a hen Ring-Necked Duck here that is infatuated with one of the drake Mallard Ducks.  They have both lived here for the past few months.  She had a Ring-Necked drake suitor who apparently did not stay with her.  She is in a couple of the pictures shown today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Pair of Ring-necked Ducks

The little hen Ring-necked Duck that has lived here on the pond for several months now, has been joined by a drake.  I am not sure if this pairing is going to be life-long as are most duck pairings but it looks promising.  There had been a few bachelor drakes over on the nearby small private community lake so I think that this drake or male, is one of those.  The drake is black and white and the hen is brown.  They both have a white ring around the tip of their blue-grey bill.

I hope the couple are happy and stay together though the nesting season.  Ring-necked Ducks are migratory ducks so they will be heading up North quite soon.  They will nest in the Northern U.S.A. or in Canada.These ducks are diving ducks but mostly eat aquatic plants.  They also will enjoy aquatic snails and any worms near the pond’s shoreline.  I am quite pleased to have taken these pictures in my yard on March 14, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Ring-Necked Ducks, Part 2 of 2

Today’s spotlight is on the drakes and the flock of Ring-Necked Ducks as a whole.  The flock is composed of seven drakes or males, and just two hens (at least those were all I spotted).  The drakes are black and white.  They have a white ring around the tip of their grey-ish black bill.  They also have a bit of white at the base of their bill.  Their sides, and chest white, with a u shaped, wide, white”ring” around their shoulders and the back of the neck.  The back is black.  Ring-Necked Ducks also have yellow eyes and up-turned tail feathering.

The Ring-Necked ducks are pretty much vegetarians.   They are diving ducks and will dive down for those tasty underwater plants.  They sometimes will eat worms and aquatic snails but this is rare.  The Ring-Necked Ducks are migratory winter visitors here in Cumberland County, TN where I live.  They enjoy calm waters on farm ponds, quiet smaller lakes, and the slower current areas of the marshes on the big rivers.  I am happy to have taken these pictures in my yard on February 21, 2012 and February 22, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Ring-Necked Ducks, Part 1 of 2

Today’s focus is on the hen or female, Ring-Necked Duck. There is now a small flock of about nine Ring-Necked Ducks here on the pond with the resident Mallards.  I think the hen pictured here, who showed up several days back, may have been the advanced scout duck for her flock.   The beautiful hen is a rich deep brown with lighter brown around the sides and a thick horseshoe shaped “ring” around the neck.  The blue bill also has a white ring around it near its tip.  These diving ducks eat aquatic plants, seeds, root bulbs

I just love going outside or sitting in my living room and seeing the ducks on the pond!  I took these pictures from the shoreline of the pond on February 21, 2012.  I was behind the tree and when the duck surfaced, she made a bee-line away when she spotted me.  No harm done and I got a nice set of close-ups.  I’ll be discussing the rest of the flock of Ring-Necked Ducks tomorrow.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Photo Gallery of Ring-Necked Ducks

The Ring-Necked Ducks have been here for a couple of months.  They are migratory diving ducks.  The hens are resident here on the little farm pond with the drakes hanging out on the nearby private community lake.  Ring-necked hens are a gorgeous sable and light brown color.  They have a white ring around their blue bills.  The drakes are black and white and also have a ring around their blue bills.  These ducks eat aquatic snails, insects and aquatic plants.  By the way, I have noticed that these small ducks are very fast paddlers.  They really speed past the much larger Mallards on the pond.    I took these pictures in the last two weeks here in the yard and from the street in front of my driveway.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Ring-Necked Ducks

Finally I have seen a drake Ring-necked duck here on the little farm pond.  I have been seeing one or two hen Ring-necked Ducks on the pond mixing-in with the Mallard Ducks now for over a month.  I had noticed a few days ago, that there were several drake Ring-necked ducks over on the nearby small private community lake.  I guess the hens here were the deciding factor for this drake.

The Ring-necked ducks are migratory visitors here in Cumberland County, TN in the winter.  They usually live in Canada and in upper mid-western states here in the U.S.A.   The Ring-necked drakes are black and white.  They have a distinctive white ring on the dark bill.  The hens are a sable brown with lighter brown highlights.  The hen has a white ring around her eyes.  She also has that distinctive ring around her bill.  Ring-necked ducks are diving ducks that mostly eat plants such as pond weeds, bulbs, and seeds.  They will also enjoy aquatic snails.  I took these pictures in my yard and on the street near my driveway (lake pictures) at various times in the past few days.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

My Favorite Little Duck

Yes, what a banner day I had yesterday seeing all the wildlife!  In addition to the Sand Hill Cranes, birds, and geese, I also saw a pair of Bufflehead Ducks!  I get tickled by seeing these tiny diving ducks.  The males are white with a blue-black patch on their face,  head, neck and back.  The female or hen is almost an opposite being dark charcoal grey-brown with a white patch on the head and underside up the flanks and neck.

The Buffleheads are especially shy ducks.  Because the pair were paddling around on the nearby private community lake, I had to shoot these photographs from the street above.  This location is just across from my driveway.  I don’t have access to the shoreline of the lake because we are not residents of the resort that owns the lake. The Buffleheads are migratory visitors here in Cumberland County.  They are just here for the winter months.  I am always absolutely thrilled to see the Bufflehead ducks.  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon.   Please click on the thumbnail image.  Enjoy!

Migratory Ducks

There were a number of different kinds of ducks here on the pond this past week.  I saw six Hooded Mergansers, a small flock of the gregarious Mallard Ducks, a female Gadwall Duck, and two female Ring-necked Ducks.  I just love going out in the morning and being surprised by the new visitor ducks here on the pond.

On one of the days when the Hooded Mergansers were here on the farm pond, I saw what I assumed were the mergansers exercising their wings or preening.  What was really happening was that the ducks were fishing.  I was surprised to see that I had taken pictures of the hen Hooded Merganser catching a small fish!    There is a spot across the pone from my home where the ducks tend to hide out.  That area is perfect for the ducks to rest at because it has a lot of cover such as Cattail rushes, a fallen log, and small brush.  I really enjoy seeing all of these beautiful ducks and taking pictures of them.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Small Group of Ring-necked Ducks Visits

Ring-necked Ducks have been here on our  private community lake in Cumberland County, TN, several times this Winter.  I am not sure if these are among a group of Ring-necked Ducks that had been here last month.  It is possible that the Ring-necked Ducks may be visiting several different nearby lakes and coming and going between them.  Who knows?   Even though I only counted nine Ring-necked Ducks in this group, it may be that there were other Ring-necked Ducks on our lake that I couldn’t  see.

The male or drake is the one with the black and white feathers.  The female or hen, is brown with a darker brown on her back.  Both genders has a white ring around their bill.  The female can be confused with similar looking Lesser Scaup Ducks, Red-Head Ducks,  and with Ruddy Ducks if the viewer is not being careful.  All have similar body coloring.  The Ring-necked Duck is a diving duck and loves eating aquatic plants, and  small aquatic animals.  I took these pictures yesterday, March 21, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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