July 22, 2016 – Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Found across Europe and the UK, these ducks also migrate into Scandinavia, Russia, and China, and are sometimes seen as vagrants in North America. They eat crustaceans, mollusks, and insect larvae. Females build nests on islands, lining them with down and usually laying 8 to 11 eggs. The ducklings can walk and find food for themselves soon after hatching. Males don’t participate in any part of nest building, incubation, or care for the ducklings. Two closely related species, Scaups, and Ring-necked ducks, look somewhat similar to these ducks and occasionally hybridize with them.