Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Identification: Male mallards are more easily able to identify sine they usually have a distinctively green head. The Mallard is a fairly large duck and smaller than a goose. Mallards are dabbling ducks, meaning they feed in the water by tipping forward. They don’t dive but dabble.
Habitat: One can easily find Mallards in a wetland habitat. Since College Woods is by a stream it is not surprise that people can find Mallards all in College Woods.
Overview: Mallards like to nest on the ground, the female likes to lie in the grass. A female mallard will have about 1-13 in a clutch and have about 1-2 broods.
Time of year: April, May
Fun fact: The Mallard is the ancestor to nearly all domestic duck breeds. EXCEPT the Muscovy Duck