Hello everyone! First, I apologize for not having my bird of the day yesterday, there was technical problems. Sigh. But today we pick up where we left off and we have the mallard duck, this is the male. This is the most widely recognized duck in the world. It is found all over N. America from Alaska and northern Canada down to Mexico. It is also found in Europe and Asia, plus it has been introduced to many other countries as well. So it is truly a worldwide species of duck. This is normally our first duck to return in spring and will sometimes even spend the winter here. They are a very adaptable bird and will live in a variety of habitats, all they need is a little water for nesting and they don’t need much for that, sometimes just a small pool of water from winter snow melt. And once the chicks hatch the mother takes them to a larger pond, lake, river, marsh for them to spend their time growing up. The journey over land from their nesting spot to summer living spot can be very dangerous though and many chicks don’t survive the journey. More tomorrow as we look at the female. Have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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