Best Place to See Winter Ducks: December 2020

Every time I pass anywhere near Humber Bay East in the cold weather months, I go in for a quick look. On this day, I spent about 30 minutes and here are some of the photographs:

Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
Canada Goose
Ring-billed Gull
Bufflehead (female) with Gadwall (male)
Bufflehead (female)
Bufflehead (male)
Mallard Hybrid
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Merganser (female)
Hooded Mergansers
American Wigeons with Gadwall
American Black Duck
American Black Duck with Mallard
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

and two other species:

American Robins
House Sparrow (female)

Here are other waterfowl species that are sometimes found here:

Northern Pintail (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Northern Shoveler (female)
Blue-winged Teal (male)
Green-winged Teal (male) and Mallards
White-winged Scoter (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Canvasback (male)
Redhead (male)
Ring-necked Ducks
Greater Scaup (male)
Lesser Scaup (female)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Ruddy Duck (male)
Common Mergansers (females)
Red-breasted Mergansers
American Coot


The Moon, like a flower
In heaven’s high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.            – William Blake (1757–1827)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Best Place to See Winter Ducks: December 2020

  1. Diana Sernick

    Great as always, Miles! This post is like a primer for winter water birds in Toronto…I tried testing myself with the photos and failed utterly. Must keep studying.

  2. Trudy Rising

    Wow. Did you see all those today, Miles? I’ve seen all but the Pintail there at some point, but not yet this year have I seen a whole bunch of those species at Humber, my favourite place, too, for winter ducks (not that I know all the places you do, I’m quite sure)!

  3. Lisa Volkov

    I knew it was going to be here. Absolutely stunning! Can we expect a Gadwall-Bufflehead cross, now?
    Thank you so much, Miles. I LOVE these gorgeous winter ducks!


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