another Pekin Duck at High Park: February 11, 2020

It seems that years pass without me spotting a Pekin Duck and yet, here is the second one within a week.

Pekin Duck

All of the ducks we saw were within one bit of open water. There were 100’s more last January on a -10 morning at this same place.

Male Black Ducks can be distinguished from female by the colourful yellow bill.

Mallard (male) with American Black Ducks

Species list: pekin duck, mallard, American black duck, ring-billed gull, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren, European starling, northern cardinal.  (12 species)

Mallard fe(male)
Mallard (male) with American Black Duck (male)
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

Some botany:

Crack Willow with Crown Galls
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)
Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)
Black Oak (Quercus velutina)

Park views:

Oriole nest from last season

This morning’s group:


The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer’s gentle breeze,
When summer days were fair.         – Dora Read Goodale (1866–1915)

Miles Hearn

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