Saturday, April 2, 2011

Northern Illinois Year Round residents - Ducks, Geese, and Turkeys

Canada Geese at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, Rockford, IL; 2/12/11.

The two most obvoius birds that spend year round almost everywhere in the U.S. are the water birds: Canada Goose (Above) and Mallard Ducks (although two are Mallards mixes with another species) (Below two pics).
A pair of Mallards; the male is an obvous mix a it is sporting a white throat which 100% male Mallards would not have, and no red breast which 100% Mallards would have, Rock Cut State Park; 3/26/11.
This male Mallard accompanied by a female hybred (perhaps a mallard and Black Duck mix? another Mallard mix sporting a white throat), Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 3/27/11.
A flock of Wild Turkeys at Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 2/27/11
A third bird that is seen often year round in these parts is the Wild Turkey (Above) and (Below).

A Wild Turkey at Rock Cut State Park; 2/27/11.

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