Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 05.05.18

Bird of the Day: Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos

Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Skunk Canyon Trails, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Cherryvale Office area and Sombrero Marsh & Pond, Boulder, US-CO, May 5, 2018. We Are Wild About Birds!

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May 5, 2018. Sunny and mild. 60°F. 1-5 mph. 24 participants.
Global Big Day. Besides the vast array of avian treasures this morning, we were treated to two other notable natural history events. One was watching a chorus frog at close range calling. The other was two huge bull snakes mating. See slide show. Spring is getting into full swing! Many new species (for the year) will be streaming through in the next few weeks so get out there to see ‘em.

Bird of the Day – Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos – Boulder, CO
I decided that a common bird needed some love from the Bird of the Day Committee. We watched a female mallard with her many new ducklings at Sombrero Marsh this morning. Mallards, along with most waterfowl, have precocial young meaning they are mobile and can feed themselves right after hatching. They will stay with the female for protection until they are able to fly. Note in one of the slides the female is calling to gather her young.

Mallards ©Steve Frye
Mallards by Steve Frye

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