Saturday, October 9, 2021

Northern Pintail

One of our first Northern Pintail this fall, on 1 October 2021, was this rather regal hen. An early fall migrant, this duck arrives on wintering areas beginning in August. Note the hen's chestnut head and all-black bill. In many ways, she is as pretty as her mate, like the drake in the second photo from 4 March 2021. Pintails breed across the northern parts of both hemispheres. They winter from the Pacific Northwest and the southen United States to northern South America. Old World breeders winter in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, and southeast Asia. Erika and I found both of these ducks at the Billy Frank Jr National Wildlife Refuge.

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