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 Post subject: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:12 pm 
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The ducks along the canal at Garstang and a couple of miles each way are all females. No males at all. Can anyone explain?


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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:01 am 
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All the male ducks have gone for a gander at Fleetwood...

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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:41 pm 
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The drakes will be in eclipse plumage, moulting in to the normal mallard drake colours that you know. They aren't all ducks, they just look like they are. Of course not having seen them I could be wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:51 am 
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Quite right, Martyn! Half of them (largely the aggressive ones!) are now changing from the dull brown to the more colourful plumage. How does one distinguish between male and female when they`re all dull brown?


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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:32 pm 
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How does one distinguish between male and female when they`re all dull brown?


Look for the ones with startled expressions and bow legs, and they're probably recently propositioned males...

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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:22 am 
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The bill of the eclipse drake is a uniform yellow otherwise they are very similar. I had to look that up in my Collins Bird Guide otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue and would have used Brian's description. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 1:14 pm 
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My local length of the canal, around Garstang, is showing many fewer ducklings this year and a lack of moorhens. Results of a bad winter?


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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 4:25 pm 
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There are even fewer ducklings this year - how are things elsewhere on the canal?


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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 2:20 pm 
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PhilB wrote:
There are even fewer ducklings this year - how are things elsewhere on the canal?



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 Post subject: Re: Lancaster Canal Ducks
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 8:38 am 
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Not as many duckings on the park pond this year but there are a lot of gulls. That could be the answer, duckings make tasty dinners for gulls.

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