Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mystery Ducks!





















The picture is not as clear as I wanted - but can you please help identify these lovely ducks? I've had no luck so far with my Michigan field guide....Thank you!

10 comments:

John said...

They look like a scaup species to me. I'm not sure which one.

Christy said...

I agree with john. It looks like a scaup. I'm leaning toward the greater scaup.

mon@rch said...

I also would agree that it is one of the Scaup Species!f

Texas Travelers said...

Definitely Scaup. I am leaning toward Lesser. The head looks a little taller on the female in the middle and male on the left. However the male on the right has the more typical rounded head of a Greater.

No way of telling with one photo. It's a coin flip. Great shot though. This is a great shot for ABC Wednesday. S for Scaup.
Troy

Sandpiper said...

Shelley, My guess would be a Lesser Scaup. I'll ask my birding friend to stop by. She's good at this.

brucesc said...

I am her birding friend and I agree with everyone that it's scaup. I too lean towards lesser because of the smaller bill and the coloring on the female.

Shellmo said...

Thank you to everyone! I'm happy to know the name of the beautiful ducks I was viewing that day!

Rick said...

Yes I would say Lesser Scaup also. What we call a "blue-bill"

Bird Girl said...

I'm no good at water birds, Shelley. A nice picture--Fun to see ducks you don't know and find the ID!

Christy said...

I change my guess to the lesser scaup. I found new information that I hadn't found before. Great sighting either way. Must be wonderful to be so close to water and have such a wide variety of visitors.