Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed that Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is getting duckier. I am seeing more ducks in the water and flying over head now than I had in July. Yesterday I was pleased to find this Ruddy Duck drake that has a bit of blue on his bill.
And some of the ducks still have ducklings trailing behind them like the Gadwall hen. The ducklings stayed very close to here out on the open water.
I also saw this Redhead drake. Or is it? At first glance I my brain said “Redhead” but its head seemed paler than it should be, the bill is darker than I would expect and where did that ring around its neck come from? Is this what a juvenile drake Redhead looks like as it transitions into breeding plumage
or is this individual just paler than normal? I don’t really know. I’m going to try to sort it out but would appreciate help with this duck. This is a male Redhead going into breeding plumage, I guess typically I don’t see them this time of the season because I am usually camping further north and it doesn’t take long for this species to go into breeding plumage. Thanks for the help Mark and Stephanie.
Life is just ducky!