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Thursday, September 8, 2016

WOOD DUCKS, CRANBERRY MARSH, LYNDE SHORES CONSERVATION AREA, WHITBY, ON

   The first photo is of a male Wood Duck in nonbreeding plumage.  The male in the second photo is starting to molt into breeding plumage.  You can see the duck getting  more of a crest, its crown is starting to turn green and it is getting more bluish in the rear of its upperparts.  September is generally when this molting from nonbreeding to breeding plumage takes place.
   In the third photo the Wood Ducks on the left and the right are females and the one inbetween is a male.  The ducks in the fourth and fifth photos are all males, while those in the last photo are a mixture of males and females.