A Strange Duck

I went for a walk in the park today with my camera. The weather was beautiful and I’d been meaning to get out. Over the next few weeks, we should be having the warbler migration. In fact, I saw a Yellow-rumped warbler today. Hopefully, within a few days I’ll be able to put up some of the pictures. I got lots of them. Mainly birds, but some turtles and squirrels as well. I saw a flicker, which always makes me happy for some reason.

For now, however, I wanted to put up a picture of a bird I can’t identify.

strange-duckObviously, it’s a duck of some sort, but what type of duck. It just so happens he or she was swimming alongside a male Mallard.

two-ducksTheir profiles look very similar. I couldn’t help wondering if this could possibly be a melanistic Mallard. Has anyone heard of such a thing?

  1. Daz said:

    Why do I always notice puzzling stuff just as I’m about to turn the computer off and go to bed?

    Anyways, half an hour of looking around (obsessive, moi?) found the Swedish Blue, a domesticated breed.

    • fojap said:

      Excellent. That would appear to be it.

      Furthermore, it seems that most domestic duck breeds are derived from Mallards and often interbreed. A little titbit I just learned a minute ago.

      • Daz said:

        ‘Titbit’? Thou’rt becoming Britishified, t’would seem!

        In other wildlife news, that squirrel I mentioned t’other day. It’s the Kaibab squirrel. Found only in a twenty-by-forty mile patch of the south-western US.

  2. I can’t help you here. I don’t know what type it is

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