Fall 2017: Tipsy’s new beau

Tipsy has got herself a new friend. We couldn’t figure out at first if it was a he or she, because this duck was extremely shy and would fly away long before we approached the pond.

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He’s very shy


It was rather small and had brown plumage just like a hen but on closer inspection, also a yellow bill (hens have dark brown/orange bills). It was most likely a drake in his summer clothes aka eclipse plumage.

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Tipsy and Junior enjoy hanging out on the island


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We are calling him Junior for now since he seems from his nervous behavior to be still rather young and inexperienced.

We wonder if Tipsy is considering him for a mate for next spring. We think she would have better chance with an older and more experienced partner. Still, we are glad Tipsy has a friend to hang out with for the remaining days before their winter migration.

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