Just Ducky

by Carl Strang

In August and September, the stream corridor marsh at Mayslake Forest Preserve hosted large numbers of mallards and wood ducks.

The wood ducks in particular maintained consistent numbers that were very high for the species, at least in my experience. Last week they reached the high count of 44 individuals.

It has been interesting to watch the males slowly molting from drab to their spectacular winter plumage. On the last day of September the wood ducks were absent, but there were new arrivals on May’s Lake.

This trio of shovelers accompanied an American wigeon and some mallards.

Songbird migration is shifting into its later stages, but the waterfowl migration is just beginning.


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