I don’t see these ducks year-round. So, when they come around, I usually have to look them up. They have similarities with scaups, both have blue on their bill and the colors are similar. Differences are obvious when looking at them side-by-side though.
Although the cloud cover this morning made colors muted, the blue stripe on the bill of the Ringnecked duck almost glowed.
I had NO idea where their name came from. I think I’ve said this before, but where is the ring around their neck? According to AllAboutBirds.org, it comes from the “hard-to-see chestnut collar around its black neck”….”not a good field mark to use for identifying the bird.”
For comparison, here’s the scaup: