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7 Spectacular Sightings in Ontario Parks
Red-headed duck in the water.

Our parks have been keeping an eye out for feathered friends to show you what they’re up to this time of year.

Are you ready for the cool duck finds they made?

1. Who is who?

The team at Murphys Point Provincial Park makes us take a second look to distinguish these two males.

Male Hooded Mergansers and Buffleheads can be easy to confuse at first glance: they both have striking dark heads with white…

Posted by Murphys Point Provincial Park on Thursday, April 1, 2021

2. The burning (or refreshing?) question

Frontenac Provincial Park answers a question that has been on our minds for a long time: do geese and ducks chicken out?

Have you ever wondered how geese and ducks can stay on ice without being afraid? The trick is that they actually get…

Posted by Frontenac Provincial Park on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

3. Know the duck lingo

“What is a speculum?” you may ask. Bonnechere Provincial Park has the answer for you.

In honor of National Wildlife Week, we want to bring your attention to the most familiar duck species on Bonnechere,…

Posted by Bonnechere Provincial Park on Thursday, April 8, 2021

4. Unexpected places

Did you think ducks were only found in water? Pinery Provincial Park tells us where these wood ducks like to call home.

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#DYK do wood ducks nest in trees? These impressive birds will search for cavities high in trees near a water source and lay their eggs in the tree cavity. #WoodenDuckWednesday

Posted by Pinery Provincial Park on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

5. Flight lessons

Have you ever seen a duck take flight? There is a specific name when they leave the water, and Pinery explains it.

These common mergansers are ‘kicking’. This is the term used for the action of waterfowl running over the water before…

Posted by Pinery Provincial Park on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

6. Ducks dressed as penguins

Who knew ducks were so formal and included bows in their courtship? Turns out Rondeau Provincial Park does!

Relax and enjoy this beautiful courtship of the Red-breasted Merganser!

These beautiful courting males greet a female with their heads held high and then bow to her by bowing and raising their butts in the air with their healed beak held high! pic.twitter.com/xBua4aC8ZC

– Rondeau Provincial Park (@Rondeau_PP) April 5, 2021

7. Ducks from parks past

Here Rondeau takes us back in time, to 1955, when the park had an aviary.

Have you gone duck watching this year?

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