Male Red-head (Aythya americana)
No question here how this duck got its name. Many redheads breed on the North American Prairies but some breed in Ontario and, in fact, stay here all year long. They nest in a variety of places such as marshes, open lakes and bays. BUT some don't build nests at all, ..
Red-headed Duck and Lesser Scaup
instead lay eggs in other bird's nests. Strangely enough when I first saw these two males I couldn't help but think they acted like brothers, following each other everywhere and even fighting if one found a treat and the other didn't. It wasn't until I returned home that I learned that the redhead's mother may have laid her egg in the Lesser Scaup's mother's nest, so these guys may very well have grown up together.
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