Sony HX200V---This flock of Mallards dropped into our area today, most likely having come from northern nesting grounds in Canada. There seems to be very little recognition or discussion about this population that differs in many ways from Mallards that are raised in Oregon and adjacent states.
These ducks tend to be a little smaller and more streamlined in their shape than those from the resident population. The females are a bit darker and both sexes have red legs, while our regional Mallards have yellowish or slightly orange legs. They have faster wingbeats and fly more rapidly and are often in larger flocks. They usually appear here in mid-November or later and are more wary. They will circle before landing and avoid people, while the resident Mallards pay little attention to the presence of people inside cities or parks, unless they are offering bread or other food.