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Waterfowl on our Lake

The Ring-necked duck has a ring around its bill rather than its neck. This misleading name is due to the fact that the drake has a faint, narrow chestnut collar, but this marking can not be seen in flight. The Ring-necked duck is one of the few ducks that nest on boggy ponds in the boreal forest. More than any other divers, the Ring-necks are essentially an inland species, being most abundant in the interior of the US. They greatly prefer sloughs, marshes and lagoons to open lakes. Extremely good divers, they can obtain food in water as deep as forty feet. Although they must run along the surface of the water during takeoff like all diving ducks, the Ring-neck rises with greater ease than the others. They are 15-19" long.