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Wordless Wednesday: Ducks

Mottled Ducks

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Blue Winged Teal

Hen Hooded Merganser

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Ranch Pond Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Florida Mottled Ducks, and the other resident critters (Great Egret and turtles) were spotted at the Northwest Marion County horse farm pond where I often go to observe the wildlife.  This ranch pond is right down the street from where I took the pictures of that wonderful family of Sandhill Cranes, and also spotted Wild Turkeys on recent days.

I am glad I was able to see the ducks as this pond may have fewer ducks and other visitors in coming days due to major equestrian events which are happening on this very beautiful horse farm.  I took these pictures on March 16, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Green Winged Teal Ducks

Blue  Winged Teal Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Green Wing Teal Ducks

Blue  Winged Teal Ducks

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!

The Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Part 2 of 2

The Blue Winged Teal Ducks were here on the little farm pond for just a few minutes on April 2, 2012.  The trio of two drakes and a hen were just settling down on the water when a few local cattle decided to cool off by wading in the pond.  Off the ducks flew!  Now they are on the way back up North to their nesting grounds in Northern U.S. states and in Canada.  They like ponds, lakes, and slow shallow streams and marshes on rivers.  By the way, on Thursday afternoon, April 5, 2012, I saw seven of these Blue Winged Teal here on the pond.  So the original trio were the advance scouts for the small flock.  The other possibility is that the seven are a split-off group of a larger flock and the other ducks are out on the neighborhood community lake nearby.  I was glad to see them here!  Other than the one photo below dated 4/5/12, the other pictures were taken on 4/2/12.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Photo taken on 4/5/12

Blue Winged Teal Ducks, Part 1 of 2

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!

Blue-Winged Teal Visit the Pond

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!

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