American Wigeons & Mallards

Two more winter ducks that have been gracing our area are American Wigeons and Mallards.

The American Wigeons will quickly be leaving us and heading back to their breeding grounds in the U.S. mid-West and Canada.

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American Wigeons

 

 

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American Wigeon (male)

 

The Chesapeake Bay region hosts Mallards year-round but some do venture a little further south where it’s a little warmer (who can blame them!).  We may also receive winter migrants from Canada.

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Mallard (male)

 

“Snoozin’ Time”                                                               “Dinner Time”

 

Mallards in flight and landing

 

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Mallard Profile

 

The winter ducks have been fun stuff!  😊

 

 

29 thoughts on “American Wigeons & Mallards

  1. Great photos Donna! The mallards are so common that their beautiful colors sometimes go unappreciated, but they make a lovely pair. We don’t seem to get wigeons in our cove on Kent Island but I have seen them up close at Oakley Street, and they are gorgeous – male and female. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Susan! Yes, Mallards do go unappreciated because they are everywhere and are accustom to humans. I always loved taking my grandson to Fisherman’s Inn’s little pond where the feed machine is erected. The ducks were always waiting. 🙂

  2. I am so thankful for Mallards, especially in the winter, as they can brighten any day. And I love Wigeons, especially their cute whistles. It is the waterfowl that keeps me somewhat sane during the darker months of the year. Your flight photos are gorgeous, Donna.

  3. Lovely and the in flight photos superb! I feel rather duck deprived but think we have less now. There used to be shovelers, tufted and a few others in a local park in London but haven’t seen much variety.

  4. I kept this one for awhile hoping to wrap my head around IDing these ducks 🦆 but I think I’ll just have to keep on relying on E. We rarely get close enough to ours, they’re so darned skittish. It doesn’t help that my eyesight ain’t what it used to be! Perhaps I’ll just stick with the hummingbirds. 🙃

    • Thank you, Gunta! I bet you’ll be IDing those hummingbirds easy-peasy by the end of the summer! Your sharing is a plus for me and my lack of hummingbird identification. 🙂

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