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Postby greybeard » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:11 pm

Pictures aren't very good but it was about 200yards off and I don't have much zoom on my camera. There has been a pair of these come in most mornings and land out near the pond and appear to be eating seedhead off bahia grass. Light colored neck, wingtips are white or light grey. A fairly large bird, bigger than a wood duck for sure. I have never seen wild geese here in all the years I have been here but they look more like a goose of some kind than a duck.

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Postby BRYANT » Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:56 pm

Second pic. almost looks like a pintail ??
maybe some kind of a Brant?? it is hard to see them very well
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Postby greybeard » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:43 am

Yep--crappy pics. I don't know anything about waterfowl except wood ducks and these definitely aren't wood ducks or anything I've ever seen here before. In flight, came right over the top of my house the 2nd time I saw them. Wing tip to wing tip looked close to 3' accross.
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Postby cowgirl8 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:04 am

We have Whistling ducks that like sitting on our house.. Its kind of weird.
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Postby Caustic Burno » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:06 am

I am going to say Mexican Whistling duck lot of them have moved into the area recently for some reason
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Postby M-5 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:36 am

It's a tree duck. They most likley have a nest nearby
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Postby M-5 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:38 am

I watched a pair walk 9 ducklings about a mile a couple yrs ago they would let pretty close. I see if I can find the pics. They are big birds
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Postby callmefence » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:03 am

Caustic Burno wrote:I am going to say Mexican Whistling duck lot of them have moved into the area recently for some reason


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Re: can anyone identify this waterfowl-Texas

Postby greybeard » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:40 am

Whatever they were, they have returned, and this time closer to the house.

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Always a pair of them and only 1 pair. ??

And, these have returned this year, as they have for the last 4 years. A sure sign of spring, tho I will have to remove this nest since it's under the ceiling of the back porch and sure to make a mess. I don't mind them up on the top eaves of the house as I like to watch their acrobatics, but there is a limit to what I will accept.


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Postby M-5 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:45 am

If you watch close as soon as they hatch they will walk the little ones a good distance sometimes. I had a pair of wood ducks that nested in a hollow in the big pecan tree for yrs . it was about 30' off the ground those little one would bounce when the hit the ground. the male would get off in the yard and draw the cats away from where they landed and the hen would lead them off .
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Postby SteppedInIt » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:46 pm

I would say Mexican whistling duck as well. They have moved in around here. They fly slower than other ducks, almost like a goose.
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Postby Brute 23 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:46 pm

SteppedInIt wrote:I would say Mexican whistling duck as well. They have moved in around here. They fly slower than other ducks, almost like a goose.


Yup, that's what they are. Real PIA during deer season. They love corn feeders and will chase your deer off.
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