[Tweeters] peculiar behavior of ducks

Ruth and/or Patrick Sullivan godwit at worldnet.att.net
Tue Nov 1 16:02:43 PST 2005

Hello Tweets,

While birding at Nisqually yesterday I was giving more attention on the many ducks do to slow birding. As I watched for a while I noticed two male Pintails start getting together in a wild way of going breast on breast beating hard some time going in to the air and continuing this behavior for a while.Then after that the 2 ducks were still feeding together with out one leaving the area. I often see a Canada Goose chasing more often where one goose chases the other away. First I was thinking that the two Pintail where territorial,but breeding time is over and all the ducks returned to there winter grounds lately so there have no reason being territorial.Is there a reason for this behavior? And if any of you tweeters have an answer I would appreciate some comments. I took photos of the duck behavior and also of the injured Snow Goose what was digging deep to the soil and eat the roots of the corn stubble.

The link to our photos is: http://www.pbase.com/godwit/october05photos/


Ruth Sullivan
godwit at worldnet.att.net

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