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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!

Ducks at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL

 

Likely a Hybrid Florida Mottled Duck and Mallard Duck

Likely a hybrid Florida Mottled and Mallard Duck

These ducks are Florida Mottled Ducks and hybrid Mallard/Fl Mottled Ducks.  I took these pictures on Sept. 7, 2016 at a small private park lake, Lake Paradise, located in The Villages, FL.  I took these pictures at Swartz Park and also at Paradise Park.  Many times in the late afternoon or early evening, I see ducks at the tiny Swartz Park, on the gazebo/parking lot side.  By the way, there sometimes are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Whistlers) at that location.

Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallards both are dabbing ducks.  They tip their heads down into the water while they search the shallows of lakes, streams, and ponds for various types of aquatic insects and small aquatic animals.  These ducks also enjoy eating grain.

The male or drake Mottled Duck has a bright yellow bill.  Both genders of the Florida Mottled Duck resemble a hen Black Duck or a hen Mallard a bit.  The Florida Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks often will interbreed so one can see a hybrid which resembles the Mallard, but is not quite fully Mallard in looks.  I always enjoy watching ducks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  Enjoy!

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Young Mallard Ducks Need a New Home! Near Baton Rouge, LA

A Reader Has Five Free Young Mallard Ducks to Re-Home!  Help Needed Near Baton Rouge, LA

I have a reader who is trying to find a new home for five young Mallard Ducks that she cannot keep where she lives. The ducks are about 4-5 months old now. The five ducks are located in a area close to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you can take the ducks please let the family know by commenting here (I will forward your e-mail). I also appreciate suggestions of places this family can contact if there are no readers who are able to re-home the ducks. Please note: This is a
one time only thing for me. I generally stay away from involvement in re-homing, or organizations and causes here on this blog. Many thanks for any help. Wildlifewatcher 7/17/16

More of Those Cute Ducks!

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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, or “Whistlers” are extremely cute ducks!  I saw a small flock of the whistlers at a local park lake last evening at dusk.  The bunch of ducks were on the shore at the Veteran’s Park in The Villages, Florida, near the Spanish Springs town square.  Such cuties!

The whistlers were at the park with some Chinese white geese, some Mallard Ducks, Common Coots, mixed breed ducks, and a lone Muscovy Duck.  I enjoy seeing all the various kinds of waterfowl, wading birds and other critters at all of the small lakes and ponds here in my new community!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Just Duckie!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Here are some of the ducks that have been here in my area in the last week or so.  I have spotted a flock of Hooded Mergansers, the ever-present Mallard Ducks, a lot of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a few Lesser Scaup Ducks, and at least two Bufflehead Ducks!  Quite the bunch.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Hen Mallard Duck

Hen Mallard Duck

 

 

 

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Some Birds (Plus One)

 

Common Coots

Common Coots

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Egret

Great Egret

Would you believe I took all these photographs yesterday morning from sunrise through about 9:00 AM at several local marshes, and lakes in both Sumter and Lake Counties in Florida.  Amazing!  I am so lucky to live in an area where there are so many larger birds (and animals) in the wild.

Additionally, I saw Sandhill Cranes, a Limpkin, Wood Storks, a Tri-colored Heron, Great Blue Herons, Mallard Ducks, and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.  I’ll be posting snapshots of these birds in coming posts.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  Enjoy!

Alligator

Alligator

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Great Egrets

Great Egrets, Snowy Egret & Common Cormorants

 

American White Ibis

American White Ibis

Osprey

Osprey

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

 

 

Whistlers Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

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Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Here are some photographs I took weeks ago of whistlers that I hope you will like.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!

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