Whistling tree ducks?

Downeaster

Spike
Oct 13, 2006
67
Frankfort
The birds are black-bellied whistling ducks. As you have said, they are traditionally a tropical weather species but in last 30 years have made massive range expansion north. Louisiana now has more than 30,000 breeding black-bellies. They have been steadily moving north with the first nest in KY a few years ago. They are classified as a duck per federal/state hunting regulations. They can be hunted in Kentucky during regular duck seasons (Thanksgiving and later). Unfortunately as warm weather species they seem (even in Louisiana) to be headed south before regular seasons.
 
Sep 17, 2018
69
New Orleans
I live SE Louisiana and we have loads of tree ducks living in suburban settings. I shot this video of them on a drainage canal bank in March.

Below is a picture of them on a house near me.
BBWD - Roof.jpg


 

TBo

Spike
Jan 16, 2018
79
West Ky
That is wild! Thanks for showing us that. And here we thought we had something special. Lol
 
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