Thursday, December 24, 2020

Northern Pintail

Both drake and hen Northern Pintails are elegant ducks. Erika and I found this male on 7 December 2020, the female on 9  November 2020, both at the Billy Frank Jr. National Wildlife Refuge. Pintails are common birds, found across the world’s Northern Hemisphere. Predators and habitat destruction destroy thousands of pintail nests. Wintering ducks suffer from water shortages, farming, pollution and urban development. By the early 1990s, North American pintails dropped from 6 to under 3 million individuals. Thanks to wildlife and habitat management, in 2013 the population was estimated at 3.3 million birds (Clark et al. 2020). This increase is in the right direction, but leaves plenty of room for improvement.

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