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(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae
Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera
(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae
Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera

Gadwall Duck:

UK Status: Resident,

Habitat: This bird is a dabbling duck, and not a diver. As such it prefers shallower water, where it can upend to feed on the bottom under water. It can be found in inland lakes, reservoirs, gravel pits, wetlands, rivers and occasionally canals. Around the coast it can be seen on salt marshes, river estuaries and near the coast on the sea. It can be quite shy, and prefers plenty of vegetation in, and around the pools inhabits.

Breeding: Nests are made on the ground in well concealed vegetated spots, sometimes they will nest in ground level nest boxes. Their nests are made of dried grass, straw or rushes, thinly lined with downy breast feathers. They lay eight to twelve, whitish to pale pink eggs in a clutch. there is usually one brood a year, in favourable years there may be two.

Comment: Not very common the summer, in England however well distributed. In Wales it is found in the north, and the south west tip. From the north of England, through to the far northern isles of Scotland, it is found mainly on, or near the east coast. The number of these ducks is boosted greatly by overwintering migrants.

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae
Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera Gadwall Duck - Mareca strepera

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

       

 

      

      

 

 

      

      

 

 

 

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