Bird #84 — Ring-necked Duck

aythya (a seabird) collaris (the neck, with collar)

Wednesday, November 14, 1979 — 10:30 am

Deerfield, Illinois — pond next to I-94 south of Trinity College

On the trip to Trinity this morning, I noticed several ducks swimming in a small pond next to the tollway.  I didn’t know what they were, but I cut class anyway and went to check them out.  The pond was about half a mile away from campus, across a cornfield.  When I got there, I saw these six Ring-neck Ducks swimming in the open section.  They flushed and took off, running across the surface to get airborn.

As an interesting side note, that pond is no longer there (as of about 1990).  It is now a small hill built to shield a housing development from the tollway.

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