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This male White-Winged Scoter, in first winter plumage, was photographed behind the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This male White-Winged Scoter, in first winter plumage, was photographed behind the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This female White-Winged Scoter has a sooty color with two light white patches on the face and a gray bill.

This female White-Winged Scoter has a sooty color with two light white patches on the face and a gray bill.

The adult male White-Winged Scoter Duck was photographed at he mouth of the Milwaukee river near the Red Light House on 2/23/2014.

The adult male White-Winged Scoter Duck was photographed at the mouth of the Milwaukee river near the Red Light House on 2/23/2014.

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The male White-Winged Scoter is a blackish or dark brown color with white near the eye, an orange bill with a black nasal knob, and a white wing patch depending on age. This is a first winter male Scoter. The female White-Winged Scoter is a sooty brown color with two light white patches on the face, and a grayish bill. It has a range from Alaska, Canada, and the United States and especially the coasts. The diet is mostly mollusks and small fish.

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The American Black Duck was photographed behind the Calatrava Art Museum on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The American Black Duck was photographed behind the Calatrava Art Museum on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The American Black Duck is very dark with white wing linings. It has a dark head, grayish throat, and a green-yellow (male) or olive bill (fem). It has a range of the Northeastern North America to the Gulf Coast. It has habitats in marshes, bays, estuaries, ponds, rivers, and lakes. The diet consists of plant material, seeds, leaves, roots, berries, mussels, clams, snails, and insects. It dabbles for food, but rarely dives.

The male Ruddy Duck in a winter coat.

The male Ruddy Duck in a winter coat was photographed behind the Calatrava Milwaukee Art Museum in Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The female Ruddy Duck with a dark line across the cheek.

The female Ruddy Duck with a dark line across the cheek.

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The male Ruddy Duck is a small chubby white cheek with dark cap and a gray color in the winter coat. The summer coat is a rusty red and the bill is dull blue. The female Rusty Duck is similar to the winter, male but with the cheek crossed with a dark line. They often cock the tail vertically and cannot walk on the land. It has a range from southern Canada to northern South America, and occasionally seen around the Great Lakes and eastern US. It has a habitat at fresh marshes, ponds, lakes, and in winter salt bays. It has a diet of mostly seeds, roots, and insects. It forages by diving and swimming underwater, propelled by its feet, and using the bill to strain food items from the mud.