Friday, December 14, 2012

Dec 13, 2012: American Black Duck

American Black Duck, 12/13/12 (Wolf Oesterreich)

This male American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) is in the company of 1 male and 2 female Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). He is the only one of his species present amongst the hundreds of Mallards. He has been present since the 11th. (I hope that he'll remain at least through Saturday, which is when we conduct the annual Ames Christmas Bird Count.) Mallards are hybridizing with the black ducks.

Wolf. Oesterreich

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