Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks on a Telephone Pole

On this blog, I primarily talk about the birds Ingrid and I see on our travels . . . but I recently got a few photos and a video from our son Bradley and his wife Tanner that I want to share.

They live in a small Texas town, just south of San Antonio . . . a temporary layover until they move to Maine and give us lots and lots of grandchildren (that part was made up . . . I can dream).

Anyway, when we visit Brad and Tanner’s house we see Green Jays, Couch’s Kingbirds, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, a variety of doves and lots of other birds we rarely see in Maine.

Apparently, every evening around 6:30 . . . two Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks alight on a telephone pole visible from their backyard.    

San Antonio is at the extreme northern end of this bird’s range.

One rarely sees a duck in a tree . . . much less on a telephone pole . . . but apparently this is a habit of unique to this species.

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