"Dabbling" on Carillon Stonegate Pond

Common Name: Mallard.

Key Markings: 

  • Males: glossy green head and yellow bill; white neckband; chestnut-colored chest and gray body

  • Females: mottled drab brown; iridescent purple-blue wing feathers

  • Feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants - dabbling

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Common Name: Blue-winged Teal.

Key Markings: 

  • Distinctive white crescent in front of the eyes that is black-edged

  • Most of the upper wing feathers are blue-gray

  • White spot on the side of the rump.

  • Body is tan with dark brown speckles

  • Feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants - dabbling

​Common Name: Canada Goose.

Key Markings: 

  • Large waterbird

  • Long black neck with its signature white chinstrap mark

  • Brown body with paler chest and white undertail

  • Feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants - dabbling

 

 

Common Name: American Black Duck.

Key Markings: 

  • Similar size as a Mallard

  • Very dark chocolate-brown flanks with pale gray-brown heads and olive-yellow bills

  • Females tend to be slightly paler than males, with duller olive bills

  • Feed in the water by tipping head down and grazing on underwater plants - dabbling

The Carillon at Stonegate community is very fortunate to have a variety of wetland, forest and prairie environments conducive to a variety of birds and other wildlife, plants and insects. Our community and the Kane County Forest Preserve do an exceptional job in maintaining this natural environment – both for the benefit of the birds and wildlife and for our residents to enjoy.

 

Take a hike and see what you can find – and identify!