Saturday, October 27, 2018

Northern Pintail

I read that various duck species were seen at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge’s Bass Ponds. This area is about 40 minutes north of us along the Minnesota River near the Mall of America. Erika and I drove up there and found lots of waterfowl in the river, and an assortment of birds in one of the Bass Ponds.

We quickly listed a few Northern Pintails, an abundant duck found across the World's northern latitudes. In North America, they breed across Canada into Alaska and south into the northern Great Plains. They are “puddle ducks” —a group of species that feed with their tails in the air. You can see this behavior in the second photo. As I recall, the duck dabbling in the background is a female. The other pintails in these images are drakes.

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