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Cinnamon Teal
In the Pacific Flyway, cinnamon teal are far more common th...

Canvasback
Length--22 in. Weight--3 lbs. Normally late to start so...

Puddle Ducks
Puddle ducks are typically birds of fresh, shallow marshes ...

Ringneck
Length--17 in. Weight--2 lbs. Similar in appearance to...

Goldeneye
Common--Length--19 in. Weight--2 lbs. Barrow's...

Mallard
Length--24 Weight--2 lbs. The mallard is our most comm...

Brant
Length--24-25 in. Weight--3 - 3 lbs. These are sea ge...

Oldsquaw
Length--20 in. Weight--2 lbs. A slim, brightly plumage...

Pintail
Length--26 Weight--1 lbs. These ducks use all four fly...

Common Eider
Length--23 in. Weight--5 lbs. Thick-necked stocky bird...


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Common Merganser
Length--25 in. Weight--2 lbs. This species is larger ...

Wood Duck
Length--18 in. Weight--1 lbs. Found in all flyways; m...

Harlequin
Length--17 in. Weight--1 lbs. Glossy slate-blue plumag...

Canada Geese
Numerous and popular, Canada geese are often called honkers...

White-fronted Geese
Length--29 in. Weight--6 lbs. Migrates chiefly in the ...

Identification Is Important
Identifying waterfowl gives many hours of enjoyment to mill...

Blue-winged Teal
Length--16 Weight--15 oz. Their small size and twisting...

Diving Ducks
Diving ducks frequent the larger, deeper lakes and rivers, ...

Ruddy
Length--15 in. Weight--1-1/3 lbs. The ruddy duck often...

White-winged Scoter
Length--21 in. Weight--3 lbs. The three scoters on th...



Puddle Ducks








Puddle ducks are typically birds of fresh, shallow marshes and rivers
rather than of large lakes and bays. They are good divers, but usually
feed by dabbling or tipping rather than submerging.

The speculum, or colored wing patch, is generally iridescent and
bright, and often a telltale field mark.

Any duck feeding in croplands will likely be a puddle duck, for most of
this group are sure-footed and can walk and run well on land. Their diet
is mostly vegetable, and grain-fed mallards or pintails or
acorn-fattened wood ducks are highly regarded as food.





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