P1010509Aythya americana

Male:  mostly gray body with black chest and a round red-brown head, bill blue with black tip.   Female:  brownish with a broad grap wing-stripe and a suffused light patch about base of bill (Peterson, A Field Guide to the Birds).

Winters from New York to Gulf.   Photo taken 3/13/2013.  It was alone.

Breeds in Saskatchewan and Manitoba south to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan.

We had called this a canvas-back duck originally, but was corrected by someone who hunts in Nebraska. (Thanks to alert viewers!)

Critters.

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