Schroon Welcomes The Drake Ring-Necked Duck

This just in from photographer Pat Thorne, keeping us current on all of the splendors of Spring.

“Another. welcomed sight was of this drake Ring-Necked Duck.  He is very stylish with his  black head, bib, and back against his white belly.  His bill is lined with white and hence the name ring-bill.  They nest along small lakes and marshes. They feed on aquatic plants.  I heard this low whistling noise and then a “rrr” sound.  It was the male and female calling back and forth to one another.  The male whistles and the female makes the “rrr” sound.  There were at least a dozen of them in this flock”.

Thanks again, Pat!!!