Photos by BarrytheBirder
Whenever I see a Muscovy Duck, they are usually of the domesticated kind, comfortably settled on someone's hobby farm or in a petting zoo, etc. But the the pair pictured here showed up today on an abandoned farm pond at Temperanceville, a few kilometres from my home. I assume they flew in of their own accord which makes them wild birds or escapees from a place where their keepers didn't keep their flight feathers clipped enough. In any event, they seemed to be getting along just fine with some wild Mallards and a Great Blue Heron which are regulars on the small man-made pond. If they are wild-wary fowl they should be fine, but if they are tame escapees they could be at risk from predators such as mink, foxes, or coyotes.
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