Common Merganser

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, we complete our merganser trifecta! The third and last of the North American mergansers we get to explore is the common merganser. Despite its name, it's the merganser I've seen least. Central Park was filled with hooded mergansers every winter, and I've seen red-breasted mergansers by the hundreds on Lake... Continue Reading →

Greater Scaup

Hey guys, welcome back. Sticking with waterfowl today, we have another diving duck; the greater scaup. One of two scaup species in North America (the other is the lesser), greater scaup are diving ducks of the same genus as the redhead, ring-necked duck, and canvasback from the last post. They look extremely similar to the... Continue Reading →

Canvasback

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a large diving duck known as the canvasback. Canvasback males have a similar color palette as the redhead; reddish-brown head, black breast, light gray almost white body, but the canvasback is larger and has a black bill. Females are a pale brown-gray. The thing that sets the canvasback... Continue Reading →

Ring-necked Duck

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we look at the ring-necked duck. The ring-necked duck is a an elegant black and gray duck. They are about the size of a scaup, just slightly smaller than a mallard. They look similar to scaup as well, but have a black back. The shape of the black back, and... Continue Reading →

American Wigeon

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we dive back into the world of ducks. Well, more technically we're dabbling in the world of ducks. The American wigeon is a dabbling duck with a compact frame, and small bill that it uses for snipping vegetation. The female is a warm brown with a dark smudgy area around... Continue Reading →

Redhead

Hey guys welcome back! Today's bird is a cool duck that doesn't have a green head like some of us may be used to, but a red one! Well, it's admittedly more of a cinnamon color, but still! The redhead is a diving duck that in terms of color pallette is very similar to the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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