Ruddy Duck

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is one known partially for its bright sky blue bill. Despite this, however, I've only ever seen a few in full breeding plumage. This fact is even crazier when I tell you all that I've also seen literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of Ruddy Ducks in my day. How is... Continue Reading →

Brant

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we talk about Brant. No, not that preppy trust fund kid that played lacrosse at the private school near your high school, I mean the goose! Brant (or Brent as they're called in Eurasian) are smallish, short necked, short billed geese that stick to the ocean shore when visiting the... Continue Reading →

Hooded Merganser

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have our second of 3 North American mergansers, the Hooded Merganser. Like the Red-breasted Merganser from a while back, the Hooded has a rather narrow, serrated bill with a slight hook on the end for eating fish. Hooded Mergansers, however, are much smaller. The drake is mostly black and... Continue Reading →

Bufflehead

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, we talk about a small diving duck known as the Bufflehead. Strange name, right? The interwebs tells me that the name comes from the term "buffalo head" referring to the bird's large noggin. From a distance, the Bufflehead is a striking black and white; black back, and head, with white... Continue Reading →

Green-winged Teal

Hey guys, welcome back! We've reached our first teal! Teal is not just a blue-green color, teals are also a group of small ducks. The U.S. had three species of teal, Green-winged, Blue-winged, and Cinnamon. Despite them all being teals, they don't really look much alike, though they do share one quality; they're small. The... Continue Reading →

Northern Shoveler

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a funny-looking dabbling duck, the Northern Shoveler. The Shoveler is common along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and southern part of the country in winter, and spends its summers in Canada and the upper plains states. They're also found on 3 other continents; Europe, Asia, and Africa (or the... Continue Reading →

Red-breasted Merganser

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we look at our first diving duck of this blog; the Red-breasted Merganser. Upon first glance you may or may not be wondering if this bird is, in fact, a duck. The answer is, taxonomically, yes. They are within the same family as ducks, swans, and geese. The Red-breasted Merganser,... Continue Reading →

Gadwall

Hey guys, welcome back! Water bird February continues with the Gadwall. Gadwall are found throughout the U.S. and breed primarily in the plains of central U.S. and Canada. Looking at their range map, you'll notice that while the majority of Gadwall do migrate, they tend to do a more east-west migration than the stereotypical north-south... Continue Reading →

Wood Duck

Hey guys, welcome back! The Wood Duck is arguably the most beautiful waterfowl species in the world. Wood Ducks are fairly widespread in North America, being year-round residents in much of the eastern U.S. (with their abundance being more spotty in the west.) They are named because they actually nest in tree hollows (or very... Continue Reading →

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