|A small flock of Ruddy Ducks in winter plumage; Phoenix, AZ; 12/26/09.|
|Ruddy Ducks (female left, male right) in breeding plumage, Rock Cut State Park, IL; 4/23/11|
They will be found year round in the Rockies to the Pacific Coastline and down into the Baja Peninsula as well as much of Mexico. However, there are pockets along the Midwest and Great Lakes where Ruddy Ducks will stay all summer and not even bother migrating further North or West. North Pond in Chicago, and Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Preserve in Wisconsin are two such areas. I am planning on travelling north to Horicon Marsh today (Easter Sunday), perhaps I'll see some more Ruddies there.
|A male Ruddy Duck in its winter plumage, Phoenix AZ; 12/27/09.|
|The male Ruddy Duck in all its breeding plumage glory, with its signature|
lifted black tail, North Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago; 3/30/11.
|Male Ruddy Duck, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 4/23/11.|
|A female Ruddy Duck, North Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL; 3/30/11.|
|A female Ruddy Duck just reemerged from a dive, Rock Cut State Park,IL; 4/23/11.|
Next weekend I will continue my series featuring Spring Migration birds of Northern Illinois: Buffleheads, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Horned Grebes. Hope you can visit.