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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!
A trio of migratory Blue Winged Teal Ducks was briefly here on the little farm pond on April 2, 2012 in the afternoon. The ducks came, the cattle decided to wade, and off the ducks flew! The Blue Winged Teal are medium-sized ducks that enjoy a diet of snails, worms, aquatic insects, and a few aquatic bulbs. These ducks are lovely. This type of duck has been here on the pond before and last visited several weeks ago. This trio is likely an advanced group moving North. The Blue Winged Teal nest and spend the late Spring and Summer in the Northern U.S.A. and in Canada. They like ponds, lakes, and slow marshy areas of rivers. The male is a medium brown and has a black bill and a crescent-shaped white mark on its face. The hens are a mottled light tan with white and black streaks as well as a black bill. The hens look very similar to the Mallards or the Black Ducks. The hens are more quacky than the drakes are. I will present part two of this series tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A trio of what I think are beautiful Blue-Winged Teal ducks visited the little farm pond on Friday, March 2, 2012. At first I did not notice that the drake and two hens were in the water at the shoreline.. As soon as the ducks saw me, off they flew in a short hop, to the middle of the pond. The drake is much more colorful with a rich tan back and a small bit of blue on the edge of the wings plus a white patch. The drake also has a vertical curved line of white on its head near the bill. The hens are a light brown with dark brown streaks and the same patch of white as the males have.
These are migratory ducks here in TN. Many of these ducks come from the Midwest and Canada. They mostly eat aquatic snails and worms, and plants. If I have by chance mistakenly identified these ducks, please be so kind as to let me know and give the correct name. I had never seen this kind of ducks before. Thanks! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!