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Whistling ducks observed for first time in Jewell County


An abundance of water fowl can be seen in this area throughout the year. This week these Black- bellied Whistling Ducks appeared to be touring a local shoreline - an unusual sight. The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette. These ducks really do have a whistle for their call. Common south of the U.S., Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks occur in several southern states and are expanding northward.

While at Lovewell Lake last week, Jim Sullivan reported seeing three Black-Bellied Whistling ducks. He believes his may have been the first sighting ever in Jewell County.

Sullivan said it was pretty cool to see ducks that aren't supposed to be in this area. He saw them in the cabin cove.

The ducks were formerly called the Black-Bellied Tree duck. They normally breed in the southern most United States, Mexico and tropical Central to South-Central South America.

They are boisterous ducks with a brilliant pink bill and an usual long-legged silhouette. They prefer standing in shallow wate...

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