Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)- one of the first ducks to return with spring in AK

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)- one of the first ducks to return with spring in AK

Spectacled Eider Duck, a large sea duck that breeds on the coasts of Alaska & northeastern Siberia.

Spectacled Eider Duck, a large sea duck that breeds on the coasts of Alaska & northeastern Siberia.

American Coots swim like ducks, but they do not have the webbed feet of that species. Their toes have broad lobes of skin that allow it to easily move through water. The lobes fold back when the bird lifts its foot while walking to facilitate moving on dry land, but it still supports the bird's weight on muddy land. Nine American Coots were found in Central Park in this year's Bird Count.

American Coots swim like ducks, but they do not have the webbed feet of that species. Their toes have broad lobes of skin that allow it to easily move through water. The lobes fold back when the bird lifts its foot while walking to facilitate moving on dry land, but it still supports the bird's weight on muddy land. Nine American Coots were found in Central Park in this year's Bird Count.

Female Merganser - so easy to spot - the red head reminds me of Lucille Ball

Female Merganser - so easy to spot - the red head reminds me of Lucille Ball

Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, a diving duck, the largest found in N A. Its breeding habitat is in N A prairie potholes

Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, a diving duck, the largest found in N A. Its breeding habitat is in N A prairie potholes

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