Archive for mallard

The Six Keys to Waterfowl Identification

The failure to properly identify ducks on the wing can lead to missed opportunities, or even trouble with the law. You can avoid such difficulties by working to improve your identification skills. Here are six key factors to consider.

July 26, 2013

Video: Mallard Duckling Hatches from Egg

Delta Waterfowl researchers captured the extraordinary video below of a mallard duckling's first moments of life. The video was shot while performing nest checks near the group's Minnedosa, Manitoba, research station. What a cool stroke of luck.

July 20, 2012

Photos: Hen Mallard Rescues Duckling from Heron

Our friends at GoHUNTn spotted this harrowing battle between heron and hen over the life of a mallard duckling. As author Brian McClintock explains:

May 14, 2012

Mallard Causes $45,000 in Damages to Private Jet

Penn State's University Park airport has developed a widlife hazard management plan that's due, in part, to a 2010 collision between a mallard and a private aircraft. Nobody was injured, but the duck managed to do a whopping $45,000 in damages to the jet—sure makes hitting a deer with your pickup seem not so bad, eh?

April 11, 2012

Why Did 8,000 Mallards Die in South Dakota?

There have been so many mass fish and bird die-offs this winter (or at least such an increase in their media attention) that two people have written me rather creepy emails forecasting the end of the world.

March 16, 2011

The Small Rewards of a Life Spent Duck Hunting

If you consider yourself a duck hunter but have never looked to the skies from your blind and asked, "Just what in the hell am I doing here?" either you have no care for your financial or physical well-being, or you aren’t paying very close attention. We spend more money on guns, boats, decoys and other waterfowl accoutrements than any mother in-law would ever approve of, just to lather it all in December marsh slop. Our trucks are dented from sliding into obstacles backing down icy boat ramps, and their wiring is shot from the strain of trailer-light illumination. It’s too hot in teal season, too darn cold by the time the mallards arrive. The wind either blows too hard, not hard enough or in the wrong direction. Or it rains. Not just a sprinkle, but the kind of downpour in which no self-respecting duck would ever fly. Unfortunately for us, old Fred believes ducks fly in the rain, and if one member of the group wants to hunt, we all hunt.

November 17, 2010

Mallards Libeled by Student Paper

The Daily Collegian, my alma mater's student newspaper, has viciously libeled mallard drakes. Quoting a story from webvet.com, the Collegian repeatedly asserts that mallards are rapists. Not "alleged rapists." Not "suspects with multiple hen accusers." But rapists.

April 30, 2010

Best Duck Call Name Ever

While we're on the subject of names ...

August 26, 2009

FWS Releases 2009 Waterfowl Survey

It's amazing what a little water will do.

July 08, 2009