Add Duck to the Menu — But What Kind?

snap_cam1_03_05_2016_16_01_03_01Part of the intrigue of nest watching is trying to guess what the parents will bring in next (don’t want to seem gruesome — it’s all part of the food chain).

Duke Farms’ Charles Barreca reports that this young duck (above and below) was on today’s menu.

Question is, what species?  Charles comments:  “A lot of the feathers were pin feathers, so it was an immature of molting bird, hence why ID is so confusing.

“Perhaps the speculum was actually an exposed band of sheaths exposed by the injury?”

What do you think? Please answer in the comments section.

(Thanks, Charles!)

              –Jim Wright

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4 Responses to Add Duck to the Menu — But What Kind?

  1. Stella C Jones says:

    a dead duck!

  2. Painter Lady says:

    It looks like a coot.

  3. Mike says:

    Possibly a young Mallard.

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