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#469404 - 04/12/17 02:08 PM Spring duck migration
DrLuke Offline


Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 160
Loc: Grinnell, IA
Just curious what ducks other folks are seeing on their ponds this spring? Here are a few that have visited my pond in south central Iowa:
Northern shoveler aka spoonbill
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Lesser Scaup aka bluebill
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Wood Duck pair
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Ring necked duck
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#469405 - 04/12/17 02:47 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
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Registered: 02/07/17
Posts: 127
Loc: North Texas
We have had a pair of Mallards pretty much living at our place for the last month or so. Also had a few Ring Necks. Not much else.
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#469406 - 04/12/17 03:02 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
Bill D. Offline


Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 5024
Loc: Boone County Illinois
So far,

Lots of Mallards
Hooded Megansers
Buffleheads
Lots of Woodies
Blue winged Teals
Lesser Scaups

others

Great Egret
Belted Kingfishers

and of course!

Lots of GBH
Lots and lots and lots of geese frown
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#469408 - 04/12/17 03:19 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
DrLuke Offline


Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 160
Loc: Grinnell, IA
I've also had several pairs of blue wing teal, as well as mallards.
We've also seen 3 hooded merganser hens for the past few weeks, and I'm hoping they will make use of one of my wood duck boxes.

I was watching one of the hen mergansers feeding and was surprised to see her gulping down bullfrog tadpoles! I have heard/read/learned on the forum that fish really don't eat them due to a natural toxin in their skin, but evidently fish ducks don't mind. And since my pond has ga-zillions of them, win-win..
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#469409 - 04/12/17 03:27 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
canyoncreek Offline


Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1371
Loc: West Michigan
Lone pair of mallard duck. Female must have nested nearby as male just keeps a watchful eye and does circles in the pond. Fortunately our dog leaves them alone but has learned to run off the Canada geese that keep trying to take over the pond.

last year had a wood duck pair and was hoping so we would see one this year but no such luck.

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#469696 - 04/16/17 12:54 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
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Registered: 11/18/08
Posts: 99
Loc: SW Michigan
So far we have seen:

Mallards
Woodies
Green winged teal
Blue winged teal
Bufflehead
Widgeon
Shovelers
Canvasback
Goldeneye?
Canadian geese
Swans
Sandhill cranes

I'm sure we've missed some but that's the list so far. Thanks.

Bryan


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#470232 - 04/23/17 12:24 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
Yoopermc Offline


Registered: 03/02/17
Posts: 10
Loc: Iron mountain Mi.
Hey all I live in Michigan's upper peninsula so far the waterfowl we have seen include. A nesting pair of mallards a nesting pair of wood ducks a nesting pair of hooded mergansers in one of my wood duck boxes. Today for the first time since we bought the place over a year ago a pair of giant Canadian geese.

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