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    I am NOT a waterfowl knowledgeable person. What is this (I assume Duck) that has a white body and black head.......????

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    Probably a merganser, which Hippie posted a pic of.
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    I did NOT see any black on the body, but it could have been there. There was a bunch of them, scattered along the Portage Creek area, and all along the wetlands clear over to Ingram Creek yesterday. Does it seem early for them to be here.......???

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    Given the mild winter, not really.

    I'm not well versed on ducks, but I know I've seen that particular species even in midwinter on Kenai river. They chase smolt, which jibes with where you saw them.
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    Thank You.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaHippie View Post
    Given the mild winter, not really.

    I'm not well versed on ducks, but I know I've seen that particular species even in midwinter on Kenai river. They chase smolt, which jibes with where you saw them.

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    I saw several flocks of bluebills in Homer this weekend. The drakes are really white other than the breast and tail at this time of year. It seems pretty early but I wouldn't be surprised to see early arrivals this year.

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    A friend who owns a farm in Palmer had a flock of about 200 geese in his field this week... it does seem a bit early. But I'll take it.

    As for the black and white duck.... (black head) Bluebills/ring necks, bufflehead, common merganser, golden eye - these are the only ones I can think of with black and white markings that we would commonly see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    A friend who owns a farm in Palmer had a flock of about 200 geese in his field this week... it does seem a bit early. But I'll take it.

    As for the black and white duck.... (black head) Bluebills/ring necks, bufflehead, common merganser, golden eye - these are the only ones I can think of with black and white markings that we would commonly see.

    That is a common merganser

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    Barrows Golden Eye possibly.

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