Waterfowl

American Coot – Fulica americana

Blue-Winged Teal – Anas discors

Bufflehead – Bucephala albeola

Canada Geese – Branta canadensis

Great Blue Heron – Ardea herodias

Great Egret – Ardea alba

Least Bittern – Ixobrychus exilis

Lesser Scaup – Aythya affinis

Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos

Northern Shoveler – Anas Clypeata

Pied-Billed Grebe – Podilymbus podiceps

Redhead – Aytha americana

Ruddy Duck – Oxyura jamaicensis

Wood Duck – Aix sponsa

Wood ducks are tree cavity nesters. We have 8-10 wood duck houses erected in trees on campus near wetlands and have 3-5 brrods of wood ducks most years.

Young wood ducks are precocial birds, thus they are born ‘ready to go,’ and are able to jump down from their nest tree and follow their mother to the water. Wood duck ducklings can often be seen on campus following their mother from the nest to the water.

Yellow-Headed Blackbird – Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

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These nomadic birds have nested here during many breeding seasons, but not every year.

 

Images of waterfowl have been provided by Gene Bakko, former Curator of the Natural Lands or collected from online sources.