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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 ...

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

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

Bufflehead
Length--14 in. Weight--1 lb. Stragglers migrate south ...

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...

Swans
Trumpeter--Length--59 in. Weight--28 lbs. Wh...


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

Wigeon
Length--21 Weight--1 lbs. These are nervous birds, qui...

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

Black Duck
Length--24 in. Weight--2 lbs. A bird of the eastern St...

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

Hooded Merganser
Length--18 in. Weight--1 lbs. Often seen in pairs, or ...

Whistling Ducks
Length--18-19 in. Weight--1 lbs. The trailing legs and...

Black Scoter
Length--19 in. Weight--2 lbs. In flight, drakes appea...

Eclipse Plumage
Most ducks shed their body feathers twice each year. Nearly...

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



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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