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Duck ID

Postby Lefty26 » Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:54 pm

I took my daughter to the park today to do a little fishing and look at the ducks. Basically all mallards there but this one duck was swimming around with a drake mallard. It was all black with a white breast and white tips on it's wing feathers. I couldn't find anything that looked like it on any of the duck ID websites so I'm thinking it may be a domestic bird. Here is a pic, what do you guys think?

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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:20 am

Did you go to river bottom? I hvae seen Domestics breeding with mallards before. I'd put money on that.

But, he/she should come out of the gene pool in October. :wink:
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Postby slicendice » Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:44 am

pangborn pond, right?
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Postby PSUbuzz » Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:57 pm

theres a large pond right here in the middle of our campus thats packed with resident ducks year round, a few wild geese and ducks stop in over night sometimes. You should see the inbreeding and what it leads to. The campus has been trying to paint their eggs with wax but it hasnt been happening for them. Theres mallards that have there heads almost completely black, tan ones, spotted. You name a color combination of any mallard colors youve ever seen and weve got it. Ill see if i cant get a camera and take pictures to see if it helps you
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Postby rmh » Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:57 pm

We have a bunch of resident "mallards" here that are beach bums. There is quite a range of looks there, too. The neighboring town has a mix of Canadas and domestic that are really starting to look strange.
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Postby Mikeguard01 » Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:53 pm

Domestic mallard cross. We have quite a few around here also. Should be good eating. :thumbsup:

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Postby JJ McGuire » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:16 pm

looks like a bibed call or possibly a blue swedish
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Postby Lefty26 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:41 pm

This bird is very safe as long as it doesn't fly to far from this pond. I figured it may be some sort of hybrid but because it's markings were even and it didn't look retarded I thought it could be some species I had not seen.
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Postby PSUbuzz » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:48 pm

its tough to tell what it is with the picture being dark. I tried to make out the tail feathers and the color i think it is, it almost looks like a mallard mixed with a ruddy minus the tail feathers being fanned enough. Im not sure man, theres a lot of cross breading out there, thats probably it. :huh:
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