Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed wintering at a pond in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, February 2009.

A very distinctive, small duck that can be found wintering on open waters in the Sonoran Desert. The males rich ruddy feathers fade in winter, but the prominent white patch on the side of the face, the blue bill, and the short, stiff tail remain. Most ducks will quickly move to the opposite end of a pond if they see people walking towards them - especially if they are carrying shiny, black objects. Sometimes it's best to remain in your car to make observations.

Winter Resident - Migration to North for Summer Breeding

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