Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck
Photo: Inge Curtis

Ducks are back to spend the winter on the coast and inland waters around here. Teal, Shoveler, Canvasback, Scaup, Eider, Bufflehead, etc., and Ring-necked Ducks like this pair.

A compact little diver that prefers ponds to open water. It is misnamed because it doesn’t have a prominent white ring around its neck like a pheasant (the chestnut band is only visible on a bird in the hand).