Monday, December 12, 2011


The Mallard is the most abundant North American Duck. Despite being heavily hunted, Mallard populations remain relatively constant. This species' success "reflects its adaptability to varied habitats, its hardiness in cold climates, its catholic food tastes, and its tolerance of human activities" (Drilling et al. 2002). John H. and I found a large Mallard flock basking in the sun in a parking lot near Hastings, Minnesota.  Although the day was cold (below 20 degrees F), and a nearby pond was frozen over, open water flowed in the vicinity.

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