Friday, November 30, 2012

Duck. Duck. Goose!


Ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris)

Winter is a great time to look for feathered friends floating on local fluids. OK, maybe we carried that alliteration a bit too far, but we're taking, duck, duck, goose. Tomorrow at 2 p.m., join me at Ijams Nature Center for a look at some of the ducks and other waterfowl that can be found in winter on our local waterways. Short program inside, followed by a long walk outside. We'll visit a pond, creek, river and lake; maybe we'll get lucky. This program is free for Ijams members and $5 for non-members. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.
Tip: The ring-necked duck above gets its common name and Latin name, "collaris," from the ring or collar (often called a "spur") between its neck and breast but this field marking is really only discernible in good light. Instead look for the white ring around the bill.

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