19 Duck Species (male and female) which are being seen reasonably often in our area this early January

If you walk about our lakeshore or riverbanks in summer, there are few species of ducks to be found: mallard, mallards, mallards and the occasional American Black Duck. If you are in High Park, Wood Ducks will likely be spotted.

In winter, however, we get a wide number of species. The Mallards, Black Ducks and Wood Ducks are still here but the other will be found breeding far north, east or west of here.

Here are photos of ducks being found reasonably commonly this January.


Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal (male)

Northern Shoveler:

Northern Shoveler (female)
Northern Shovelers

Wood Duck:

Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck (male)

American Wigeon:

American Wigeon (female)
American Wigeon (male)


Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)


Gadwall (female)
Gadwall (male)

American Black Duck:

American Black Duck (female)
American Black Duck (male)


White-winged Scoter:

White-winged Scoter (female)
White-winged Scoter (male)

Long-tailed Duck:

Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Ducks (painting by Barry Kent MacKay)
Harlequin Duck (male)


Redhead (female)
Redhead (male)

Greater Scaup:

Greater Scaup (female)
Greater Scaup (male)

Lesser Scaup:

Lesser Scaup (female)
Lesser Scaup (male)

Common Goldeneye:

Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (male)


Bufflehead (female)
Bufflehead (male)


Common Merganser:

Common Merganser (female)
Common Merganser (male)

Red-breasted Merganser:

Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)

Hooded Merganser:

Hooded Merganser (female)
Hooded Merganser (male)

Coot: The Coot is a member of the rail family but is often seen with ducks. Females and Males look alike.

American Coot
American Coot

Shakespeare Quote:

the grisly north
Disgorges such a tempest forth,
That, as a duck for life that dives,
So up and down the poor ship drives

Pericles, act 3, prologue

Miles Hearn

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