We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Identification, Control & Removal. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Waterfowl identification may seem overwhelming at first. Ducks: Domestic Mallards That Look Like Wild Mallards Buff Orpington: Two posts in a day! They may enter yards, especially those near creeks, streams, and other waterways, in search of food. (unexpected rhyme). Females have duller, drabber appearances to keep them safe on the nest. Then, in early September, all three vanished from their lake. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. The site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. Enter and space open menus and escape closes them as well. A typical duck bill is broad and flat, though color varies depending on species. And Piper reveals another twist in the duck tale: Despite witnessing an event never before recorded among loons, he held back from banding the duckling. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. Does it have a tuft of feathers on its head? Critter Control Logo. The biggest distinction in the duck world is between divers and dabblers. For most people, the animal world is mostly made of cats and dogs. Dabblers fly straight up off the water. The little duck seemed to think it was a loon. Fully dark/black, no spots or anything. But, if you keep an eye out for some key clues, you’ll be picking out different species in no time. Bigger than a duck, smaller than a goose. Migration season provides some of the best bird watching opportunities, particularly for waterfowl. Lucky peeps. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. Habitat is a key piece of identification. Generally, it’s the male (drake) that has the colourful plumage. This spring, one of his assistants mentioned that baby loons look a lot like baby ducks. Left and right arrows move across top level links and expand / close menus in sub levels. Though they belong to the same family, ducks are much smaller than geese and swans. PO Box 1160 What the Trump lame duck might look like . Found in marshes, ponds, rivers, and wetlands, ducks thrive near water. R0C 2Z0, Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research, Saskatchewan farm family’s deep roots anchor conservation ethic, Participate in our National Art Portfolio. “By now fully capable of feeding itself and weeks beyond the normal fledging date for mallards reared by their own species, the duckling seemed to cling to its parents more for their sake than for its own.”. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Heading out with your binoculars can be a lot of fun – especially when you can spot a few characters in the crowd. This can make them more challenging to identify. Here are a few tips for identifying some common species within these categories: Dabbling ducks go “bottoms up” when feeding. On multiple occasions, we saw the duckling take off and fly around the lake a few times before landing near its anxious guardians. A distinctive white top bill with flash extending up to the crown. 11/07/2020 11:35 AM EST. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items. One dead after Thursday night stabbing on Murray St. Sign up to receive daily headline news from Ottawa Citizen, a division of Postmedia Network Inc.