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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What To Look For
Differences in size, shape, plumage patterns and colors, wi...

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

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


Least Viewed

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

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

Redheads
Length--20 in. Weight--2 lbs. Range coast to coast, wi...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Scaup








Greater--Length--18 in.
Weight--2 lbs.

Lesser--Length--17 in.
Weight--1-7/8 lbs.

Except for the wing marks, greater and lesser scaup appear nearly
identical in the field.

The light band near the trailing edges of the wings runs almost to the
tip in the greater scaup, but only about half way in the lesser.

Greater scaup prefer large open water areas; lesser scaup often use
marshes and ponds.

Both species migrate late, sometimes just before freezeup.

Flock movements are rapid, often erratic, usually in compact groups.

Hens are silent; drake lesser scaup purr; drake greater scaup have a
discordant scaup, scaup.





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