This week’s bird is to identify: bright red facial wattles and an Elvis-like pompadour distinguish the muscovy duck. What many birders don’t realize, however, is these birds can look quite different if they are wild or domestic.
Isn’t it supposed to be spring? Many northern birders might be a bit down this week by the prospect of more cold weather, but this week’s smile can help you through it.
We always ask about the chicken, but why did the duck cross the road? This week’s Wednesday Smile has the answer!
My history with this week’s bird is mottled indeed, and the mottled duck can be confusing for many birders – until you learn the clues to easily separate this dabbling duck from similar species.
It is interesting where new lifers can come from. You may think you have to travel great distances, visit exotic locations, venture into unusual habitats and brave other daunting obstacles to get a new lifer, but that isn’t always the…