Ducks at a Distance
A Waterfowl Identification Guide

Ruddy Duck


GIF -- Picture of Ruddy Ducks

The ruddy duck often dives or swims away from danger rather than flying. When flying, their small wings stroke so fast they resemble bumblebees.

GIF -- Picture of Flock Pattern

They are early to mid-fall migrants. Drakes often cock their tails upright at an angle, the only species to habitually do so. Both hens and drakes are silent in the fall.

GIF -- Picture of Wings


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