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 →

American Coot

Hey guys, welcome back! Waterfowl February continues with a bird that kind of acts like a duck, the American Coot. The American Coot is a member of the Rail family, and is closely related to gallinules and moorhens. Unlike most of its close relatives, the American Coot is much easier to spot, as it prefers... 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 →

Canada Goose

Hey guys, welcome back! The Canada Goose, one of the most widespread birds in North America. A complicated bird, with dubious reputation, some of which is deserved. First off, the species name is Canada Goose, not Canadian Goose, and the proper plural is Canada Geese (or as a lot of birders may refer to them,... Continue Reading →

Mallard

Hey guys, welcome back! The Mallard. Probably the most recognizable bird worldwide, or one of at least. The Mallard is also among the most widespread, with its natural range covering most of the Northern Hemisphere, in addition to it having been introduced in parts of Africa, South America, and Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, most... Continue Reading →

American Black Duck

Hey guys, Welcome to my first real post. Today, as the title may give away, I'm profiling the American Black Duck. When I decided what I wanted to do with this blog, I had to decide how. I mean, if I'm going to profile a different species every time, how do I pick where to... Continue Reading →

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