Tuesday, May 31, 2011

If it quacks like a duck, it probably has a funny name.

 
Gadwall,

Garganey, Wigeon, Smew. Duck names are odd:
Bufflehead, Wigeon, Scoter, Scaup.
Are these Old World names, carried to the New?
Mallard!
Some are descriptive: Redhead, Canvasback, Goldeneye, Shoveler. Although in some, the description seems arbitrary and lacking:

Ring-necked Duck.

There's a ring?

Yes, a narrow chestnut band.

Merganser!

(And a lot of them don't really quack like a duck, too.)

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