Early Spring is a Great Time to Look for Ducks

One of my favorite parts of the early spring is heading out to took for ducks that are on their way north to their breeding grounds.

A lakes and rivers begin to thaw each spring, I always eagerly await the return of many ducks. This year, we aren’t waiting for any water to thaw in the Midwest since we’ve had temperatures in the 60s. That means that many species of ducks are already being found on local lakes and reservoirs. Here are a few of the species that many of us should be looking for and hoping to see about now.

Early Spring is a Great Time to Look for Ducks©Rob Ripma
©Rob Ripma Bufflehead are small ducks that can be found in many areas right now.
Early Spring is a Great Time to Look for Ducks©Rob Ripma
©Rob Ripma Ruddy Duck is very distinct with its reddish brown body, stiff pointed tail, and bright blue bill.
Early Spring is a Great Time to Look for Ducks©Rob Ripma
©Rob Ripma Blue-winged Teal migrate through my area is huge numbers and can be seen throughout most of the US.
Early Spring is a Great Time to Look for Ducks©Rob Ripma
©Rob Ripma If you are very lucky or live in the right spot, you might get to see a Harlequin Duck!

What ducks have you been seeing recently?

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.