a Pekin Duck at Humber Bay / February 6, 2020

Pekin Ducks are a white breed of dabbling duck which was domesticated over 2,000 years ago in Asia. They were bred to produce large eggs, good meat and to be attractive to the eye. Pekin Ducks are mainly found on farms but occasionally one will escape and be found with mallards and other duck species.

Pekin Duck, Black Duck and Mallards
Canada Geese with Pekin Duck
Pekin Duck
Pekin Duck

Here is our bird list from this snowy and -4 degree morning:

Species list:  trumpeter swan, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, pekin duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, greater scaup, long-tailed duck, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, mourning dove, black-capped chickadee, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, northern mockingbird.  (20 species)

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Common Mergansers
Common Mergansers with Greater Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Greater Scaup
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
entourage following us hoping for food
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
American Black Ducks with Mallards
Canada Geese
Buffleheads
Bufflehead (female)

Park scenes:

Siberian Elms
Eastern Cottonwood

This morning’s group:

NATURE POETRY

A fox the colour of cinnamon whirled into my ken

I thought we might become buddies. 

The fox said now and then.

Then he turned with a swish

I did not get my wish.

He decided he would stay with his old friends. 

Now I am at loose ends. – Adele Koehnke

Miles Hearn

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