Crested Duck!

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We stopped to feed to feed the ducks and geese at Gibson Pond today, and came across this handsome fellow (or gal?).

We’ve seen this type a few times at a distance, but this was the first time seeing him/her up close. So fancy!

Best as I can tell, it’s a Crested Duck, which the FeatherSite describes thusly: “With the powder-puff of feathers on its head, the Crested Duck is truly striking. It is a medium-weight dual purpose breed. The ducklings grow fairly quickly, making them good birds for the table, and they are good layers.”

Of course we enjoyed seeing ALL of the birds – even the jerk seagulls are cute, but their super-pointy beaks sure look scary up close.

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