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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...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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

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



What To Look For








Differences in size, shape, plumage patterns and colors, wing beat,
flocking behavior, voice, and habitat--all help to distinguish one
species from another.

Flock maneuvers in the air are clues. Mallards, pintails, and wigeon
form loose groups; teal and shovelers flash by in small, compact
bunches; at a distance, canvasbacks shift from waving lines to temporary
V's.

Closer up, individual silhouettes are important. Variations of head
shapes and sizes, lengths of wings and tails, and fat bodies or slim can
be seen.

Within shotgun range, color areas can be important. Light conditions
might make them look different, but their size and location are positive
keys. The sound of their wings can help as much as their calls. Flying
goldeneyes make a whistling sound; wood ducks move with a swish;
canvasbacks make a steady rushing sound. Not all ducks quack; many
whistle, squeal, or grunt.

Although not a hard and fast rule, different species tend to use
different types of habitat. Puddle ducks like shallow marshes and creeks
while divers prefer larger, deeper, and more open waters.





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