Sunday, February 18, 2007

Duck, Duck, Grey Duck?

These two ducks were outside my window this morning. I'm suspecting the greyish one is a gadwall and the other (with the blue bill) is a widgeon, but I'm not sure. Anyone have a better idea?




I found it odd that there was just one of each type of duck, along with a whole bunch of mallard ducks and some Canadian geese. I guess these two got lost. A brief read of the description of gadwalls does say they are sometimes with widgeons, so I guess if the two are a gadwall and a widgeon it might make sense to see those two together.

Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry. I was experimenting with my camera earlier and forgot to adjust the ISO back to a reasonable value. I didn't notice the problem until after the ducks had swam away.

3 comments:

shiloh said...

Linda, I've been waiting for your comment about what kind of ducks these are.....I guess you're busy with school vacation....I'll be patient! :)

Linda said...

OK, definitely a male gadwall and either a female or juvenile widgeon. Interestingly, one of my books mentions that most duck species hybridize (or crossbreed) with others and Gadwall-Widgeon crosses are one of the more common. That might explain why they were together.

Mostly Torn said...

Coincidentally, I ran across two photos last night that I took about 2 years ago out my condo window and they are of these same two types of duck. Maybe they are even the same exact two ducks?