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Migratory ducks (updated)

This week some Hooded Mergansers visited downtown Providence – it continues to amuse me that I often see more species in the urban environment than I do when hiking in wildlife preserves – and I get closer to them too. Ducks are not raptors, of course… they are prey for raptors.

During the winter, you can spot migratory ducks along various waterfronts in Providence and elsewhere. It’s interesting to ID them online and learn some of these visitors spend the year up in Alaska and only appear briefly on the Atlantic coast during winter migration season. I highly recommend watching Nature’s DUCKumentary to learn all about the different characters. Below is my collection of ducks photographed so far…

Hooded Merganser (female) in Providence:

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Hooded Merganser (female) in Providence:

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Bufflehead (male) in Providence:

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Red-breasted Merganser (male) in Providence:

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Goldeneyes (male/female) in Providence:

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Harlequins (male/female) in Newport:

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Northern Pintail in Milford, MA:

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Greater Scaup (male) in Providence:

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Redhead in Providence:

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Long-Tailed Duck in Providence:

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American Coot in Providence:

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American Wigeon (male) in Providence:

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Red-throated Loon in Providence

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Wood Duck (male) in Providence

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There’s also a Wood Duck on the floor in my loft:

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Here are some domesticated ducks you may see around if they escape from a farm:

Muscovy Duck in Providence

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Magpie Duck in Providence

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Lastly here are some of my best pictures of non-migratory Mallards in Providence

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9 Comments

  1. DAN
    Posted 01.30.12 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Nice shots — very informative, too.

  2. Marni
    Posted 01.30.12 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    You never cease to amaze me and you always make my day with your photos!

  3. Ellen
    Posted 01.30.12 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Great shots! I’m jealous! :)

    • Peter Green
      Posted 02.03.12 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      awww, thanks

  4. Mary Feuti
    Posted 03.18.12 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Thank you-Great photography

  5. Anna LeBlanc
    Posted 12.21.12 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful shots Peter! Hope we will meet at Rome Point in the not to didtant future to capture the seals again! Happy Holidays!

    • Peter Green
      Posted 12.22.12 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      thank you and happy holidays too

  6. Jane Turcotte
    Posted 03.26.13 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Peter,
    I saw a whole flock of Buffleheads at Goddard Park in the water just after Christmas. I had never seen them but it was a nice day and I was out with friends for a hike. You might try there.

    I also saw what might have been a Red-breasted Merganser but I’m not sure if that was what it was.

    Good luck – Love all your photos!

  7. Grace mum
    Posted 03.08.14 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I love your all photos too. I feel very happy while I look at them. Thank you. You are GREAT ARTIST.!!!

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