Content tagged with "waterfowl"

Photo of a male common merganser floating on water, eating a fish.

Common Merganser Eating Fish

Common mergansers forage on rivers and lakes for fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates. They hunt by sight and dive completely underwater to snag their prey. The serrated bill helps them grab slippery fish. Their diet of fish makes their flesh taste “rank and strong,” so duck hunters rarely shoot mergansers.

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Photo of a female common merganser floating on water.

Common Merganser Female

The female common merganser has a gray body with a rusty head that is sharply defined against the white neck. Note the distinctive slender, slightly hooked shape of a merganser's bill.

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Photo of a male common merganser floating on water.

Common Merganser Male

Male common mergansers have a green head, a mostly white body, and a black and gray back. In Missouri, this species is a common transient and winter resident (uncommon in southeast), and an accidental summer visitor.

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Photo of two female common mergansers standing and sitting on pond ice.

Common Mergansers (Female)

Common mergansers have a long, slender, serrated, red or orange bill with a wide base. Mergansers are divers, and the legs are far back on the body; on land, the posture is upright. The rusty heads and gray bodies identify these as females.

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Photo of two male common mergansers flying low over water.

Common Mergansers in Flight

The breeding territory of common mergansers lies mainly in Canada. In Missouri, we most often see them in spring and fall, as they migrate, and as they overwinter here.

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Photo of Bob Trinity at wetland easement donated to Ducks Unlimited

Conservation Easement Donor Bob Trinity

With the threat of St. Charles County's development encroaching on bottomland habitat, our small hunting club wanted to ensure that our waterfowl habitat restoration efforts would be conserved into the future. Placing a conservation easement on the land was the best way to protect it. Working with Ducks Unlimited on the conservation easement also added the benefit of their expertise in developing a plan to repair some of our infrastructure and better manage the habitat. With their help, we are meeting our mission.

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an eagle eating on a frozen body of water

Coot Burgers and Mallãrd Filléts

Who doesn’t like a cheap and easy meal? I guess that is a rhetorical question...

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This document in illustrates a different slant on creative scours and low-profile levees planned for the Duck Creek CA golden anniversary renovation.

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aquatic plants in cul-de-sac wetland

Cul-de-sac Wetland

Aquatic plants like thalia, duck potato, and mud plantain occur in locations that are flooded longer through the growing season. These areas are valuable habitats that provide cover, bugs and snails to early fall migrating waterfowl. These areas are also used by wood duck broods, herps and native fish. The Cul-de-sac Unit at Otter Slough is a good example of where we’ve planted and managed water levels to promote this diverse wetland community.

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aquatic plants in cul-de-sac wetland

Dirt Today, Teal Tomorrow

While Duck Creek doesn’t typically provide much teal-hunting opportunity, in the coming years we should be able to increase the amount of teal-friendly habitat during this time of year.

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