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Canvasback duck

Aythya valisineria

Description:

Large duck. Entire back is white. Dark head and red eyes. Swimming alone, or in the company of a group of mallard ducks seen daily on this landscape feature pond.

Habitat:

Water feature in planned landscape of suburban housing subdivision in Madison, Alabama. Fresh water, surrounded by mowed lawns on one side and a wooded area on the other. Fed by a natural steam.

Notes:

I walk around this pond several times a week, and have never seen this duck until today. Very distinct. This area is only a few miles from Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

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Madison, Alabama, USA

Lat: 34.68, Long: -86.74

Spotted on Jan 31, 2019
Submitted on Feb 1, 2019

Spotted for mission

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