Tag Archives: Ring-necked Duck

Bird Variety in Bulls Island Pond

Most of the birds we saw on Bulls Island were far off, but there was a lot of variety. This fresh water pond was hosting wading birds, ducks and shore birds.

Bird Convention
Bird Convention

A path between two ponds had a few spots where you could peak between the underbrush for a better view.

Ring-necked Duck and Two Northern Shovelers
Ring-necked Ducks and Northern Shovelers

A group of shore birds was making the rounds.

Black Necked Stilts, Blue-winged Teals, and some Shore Birds
Black Necked Stilts, Blue-winged Teals, and some Shore Birds

Bulls Island is a 5000 acre barrier island off the coast of South Carolina with multiple ecosystems including maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments and salt marsh.

April 3, 2022

Ring-necked Duck

Three Ring-necked Ducks were paddling along an impoundment at Vierra Wetlands in the late afternoon. Yes, the ring is hard to see.  A quick read at Cornell’s All About Birds reveals that the name was provided by 19th century biologists who were examining dead specimens so had a different view of the chestnut collar than those of us observing the bird in the field.

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

“Golden Eye” would have fit for a name, but might already have been spoken for at the time. Or a name that described the white outlined beak.  No matter the name he is quite a pretty bird.

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

The male duck was accompanied by a female and a juvenile that didn’t venture far from each other.

Ring-necked Duck Family
Ring-necked Ducks

Vierra Wetlands, Brevard County, Florida, 1/27/2018