Little open water left at Jamaica Pond
By adamg on Wed, 02/10/2021 - 11:48pm
Almost all of Jamaica Pond was covered with ice and snow today. Only a small area near where a tunnel empties into the northern end of the pond remained open.
And only two birds remained on the pond, in that small bit of open water - the black duck that normally cavorts with the mallards and a solitary coot. Both just sat on rocks in the water, the duck occasionally quacking in search of his friends - several of which were sitting in snow on the other side of pond.
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That's my friend, and favorite pond resident, Stealth Duck! I've watched her grow up from a stealthy teenage duck into a stealthy adult duck, and I'm glad she's still going strong.
Based on what markings I could make out, I think Stealth Duck is a female. I saw her hanging around with a single other male Mallard for much of the spring and summer, but I never saw the two of them with any ducklings. As such, I'm not 100% sure on this.
For anyone out there who knows more about waterfowl than I, can you tell me if you've seen a Mallard like this before and what their "deal" is. She's a really deep brown/black throughout her entire body, including much of her her beak. Additionally, her legs and feet are a similarly dark brown, unlike your usual orange Mallard bits. Her feathers have all of the patterning of a hen Mallard, but they're all in shades of brown and black. It's damn neat.
Stealth Duck rules and I hope she continues to grace the pond for quite some time.
It’s likely a Cayuga duck and Mallard hybrid. Cayuga were a domestic breed that used to be raised to eat.
All of the ducks were in
All of the ducks were in Leverett Pond today. I saw dozens of ducks, the traditional swarm of Canada geese, a blue heron, and two swans!
That’s quacktastic. Magoo
The ice, the water, the reflections, the lovely bird. Great composition, great shot!