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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Ruddy Duck!

They refer to this small duck, as the "clowns of the wetlands."  And if you sit back and watch these beautiful chestnut colored ducks with their bright blue bills slapping the water with their bills ... you will understand why!  These handsome fellows are just comical to watch!

Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis) are the only member of the stiff-tailed ducks to be found in our province.  And with that blue bill, big head and stiff tail ... they are hard to miss!  The sloughs and cattail marshes are full of them right now.  They will stick around for the summer and begin to disappear in September.

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