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Ring-necked Ducks in Alsea Tidewater, Oregon

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.

Ringnecked Duck - female
Ringnecked Duck – female

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.”

Ring-necked duck couple
Ring-necked duck couple

For comparison, here’s the scaup:

greater scaups
Greater Scaups
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Ducks on the Alsea River

It seems like an early spring here on the Oregon Coast!  The ducks were out like crazy yesterday.

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Hooded and common mergansers, ring-necks, buffleheads and goldeneyes…

Female Bufflehead
    Female Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser Couple
     Hooded Merganser Couple
Hooded Merganser eating crawdad
     Hooded Merganser eating crawdad
Male Common Goldeneye
     Male Common Goldeneye
top: female common merganser;  bottom: female goldeneye
  top: female common merganser; bottom: female common goldeneye
Ring-necked duck and male common merganser
 Ring-necked duck and male common merganser