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Old 11-09-2018, 08:48 AM   #1
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Birders - what kind of bird?

Casual bird watcher, and have had these “ducks” in the pond in front of the coach (near Gulf Shores, AL) all week, and can’t find them in the bird book we carry.

What are they?

Btw, they do have webbed “duck feet”........, and a bit larger than the average duck.

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Probably a Muscovy. There is a duck farm not far from us, they have several of them.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:36 AM   #3
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Yes, they are Muscovy mixes. I once bought a small avocado grove and the owner threw in a flock of Pekin, Mallard and Muscovy ducks he had because they liked to eat snails.
Most of the Muscovies were all white but some had been crossbred and had gotten the dark plumage I assume from the Mallards.
The Muscovies are quite different from other ducks in some ways. Their webbed feet have "toenails" allowing them to roost in trees at night. They are also much quieter than other ducks. I don't recall what they sounded like because I rarely if ever heard them vocalize. They were a little more "stand-offish" than the Pekins and Mallards.
The neighbor whose house was on the other side of the grove and with whom we shared avocados told me a funny story. He had a big skylight installed right over their bed. He and his wife were engaged in a fun and friendly morning in bed exercise when they were startled by a loud thumping and scratching noises directly above their heads. They looked up to see one of my Muscovies trying to walk around on the slippery skylight.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:36 AM   #4
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Probably a Muscovy. There is a duck farm not far from us, they have several of them.
That’s it! Thank you.

Here is another pic out our side window yesterday morning.

Maybe this thread can keep going as others see birds they can’t identify.

Btw, have you seen the story about the Mandarin Duck in Central Park in NYC? Getting to be quite the celebrity.
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Might be a Muscovy as far as i know.
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:34 AM   #6
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Birders - what kind of bird?

Muscovy duck.

Here’s a good tool: http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

Duck IDs can be tricky:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/domducks.htm
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Back at older son’s spot at 7600’ in northern . Bird feeders are out. We have the usual suspects: Mountain Chickadees, White Breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, Juncos, Stellar Jays, one Magpie, Crows, and a Hairy Woodpecker. They are among my favorite birds.

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Had one at a county park in Estacada, Oregon last year.....also took a pic..
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Here is a neat birding site.
https://ebird.org/home
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We were suiting on patio at younger son’s house in Fort Collins when a Cooper’s Hawk flew right past us about 6’ off the ground to capture a Blue Jay. They both dropped to ground with 3 or 4 other Blue Jays going berserk. Hawk flew with the Jay across street to another yard. Daughter in Law got a photo with iPhone while the hawk stared at us from 40’ away as if to say “ I have my Jay, go get your own!”

This was the second attempt by the hawk in a week. The sentinel Jays were effective the first time

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thanks for sharing
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Watched, while stopped at a traffic light in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, many decades ago, as a Sparrow Hawk actually came down right over the intersection and grabbed a sparrow in mid flight 20 feet off the pavement. It just continued flying with the sparrow clutched in its talons.
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