April 21, 2021

A Duck and Goose Distinction, Plus a Downy Woodpecker.

I just read that a duck's nostrils are placed higher up on the beak than a goose's. Here's a muscovy duck.

Now here's a goose. See how far down the nostrils are. 

Perhaps you noticed that Mrs. Duck is missing some feathers on the back of her neck. That is usually from her mate biting her neck while mating. I've also seen quite a few geese in this condition. Hopefully we'll see little ones in a month. 

Well, this is a family show so let's change the subject. Today's final photos show a downy woodpecker. 

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  1. ...neat feathered friends.

  2. The loss of a few feathers is a small price to pay!

  3. Hello,
    Cute photos, I like the geese and the woodie.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  4. I never thought of the placement of nostrils. So now I know. Does that make me a better person? Well, I think so!

  5. I never knew that about ducks and geese! We have some baby goslings in a nearby park and they sure are cute.

  6. Fun facts about ducks and geese! Suppose there will be little ones in a while, then :)

  7. Thank you for sharing those facts and the photographs.

    All the best Jan

  8. I'll have to check out some bird nostrils! ;-)

  9. Nunca cheguei perto demais de um ganso, interessante.

  10. The things I learn! Love your gorgeous critters.

    Your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week is a wonderful addition!


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