Ducklings saved by mobile phone ringtone

This video from the USA says about itself:

April 26, 2015

Baby Ducks Rescued from Storm Drain

Slidell, LA. – On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at approximately 5:24 pm, St. Tammany Fire District #1 responded to a call for baby ducks trapped in a storm drain. The incident occurred on Oak Tree Dr. in the Fairways subdivision in Slidell. A neighbor reported seeing a number of baby ducks fall into a storm drain. Upon arriving on the scene, firefighters verified that several baby Mallard ducks were trapped in the storm drain. Firefighters removed the top cover of the drain to gain access to the ducks. Firefighter Cody Knecht got down in the drain to try and capture the ducks. Captain Chuck Davis, Fire Operator Jason Theriot, and Fire Prevention Officer Billy Dekemel assisted from above. With the help of a duck call ringtone on his iPhone, Firefighter Knecht was able to lure the baby ducks to him. It took about an hour and a half to rescue four of the six baby ducks.

Unable to capture the other two baby ducks, the crew went back to the fire station to give the ducks a chance to calm dawn. They returned about an hour later and rescued the two remaining baby ducks. All of the baby ducks were reunited with their mother in the canal behind the home where the incident took place.

St. Tammany Fire District #1 responds to numerous public service calls such as these each year. This is the second duck rescue call in less than a week. Firefighters are always eager to help and enjoy giving back to the community. Fire Chief Chris Kaufmann has stressed to our citizens, “If you don’t know who to call for help, call us”.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Quacking ringtone used by firefighters to rescue baby ducks

The Louisiana fire department spent over 90 minutes coaxing the frightened ducklings out of a storm drain

Alexander Ward

Sunday 03 May 2015

A Louisiana fire department has managed to rescue six ducklings, after they used a duck call ringtone to entice them out of a storm drain.

Thanks to quick thinking by Cody Knecht, a firefighter with St Tammany Fire District, he was able to use his mobile phone to attract the ducklings towards the surface.

But even with the realistic, reassuring quacking sounds, it still took Mr Knecht around 90 minutes to catch the first four baby mallards in the south-east Louisiana community of Slidell.

Chad Duffaut, of the St Tammany Fire District, said that Mr Knecht rescued the other ducklings by allowing them to calm down for about an hour, before reuniting them all with their mother in a nearby canal behind a house where the ducklings were first seen entering the drain.

Wood ducks visit Texas barn owls

This video from the USA says about itself:

Early in the morning of April 20, 2015, a pair of Wood Ducks investigated the Texas Barn Owls‘ box. The female owl responded with a series of aggressive reactions that resulted in the ducks departing.

Phenology and diurnal behaviour of the Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) in the Guerbes-Sanhadja wetland complex (north-eastern Algeria)


This is a shoveler video from England.

I was privileged to see these beautiful ducks; in western Europe, where they are not rare; and in Svalbard, where they are very rare.

Originally posted on North African Birds:

Amor Abda, W., Merzoug, S., Belhamra, M. & Houhamdi, M. (2015). Phenology and diurnal behaviour of the Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata in the Guerbes-Sanhadja wetland complex (north-eastern Algeria). Zoology and Ecology 25(1): 19–25.  DOI:10.1080/21658005.2014.994361
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An ecological study of the Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata in the wetlands of the Guerbes-Sanhadja eco-complex (Skikda, north-eastern Algeria) which was performed during wintering season (from September 2012 to March 2013) showed that the species was regularly wintering in these ecosystems during the seven months of observation. The highest numbers were recorded during December 2012 (1943 individuals) at Garaet Hadj-Taher, although this wetland was the last to be colonized if we compare it to other wetlands. Garaet Hadj-Taher hosted more than half of the wintering population of the Northern Shoveler in the Guerbes-Sanhadja eco-complex. Sleeping activity (diurnal resting) dominated over other diurnal behaviours of this Anatidea at Garaet Hadj-Taher…

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Garganey, pintail, and other birds

Wigeons, on 21 March 2015

21 March 2015. Though it was officially the first day of spring, it was cold and windy. The male and female wigeons in nature reserve De Wilck, depicted in this photo, apparently thought the weather was still too winterish for migration back to eastern and northern Europe.

Before arriving at De Wilck that morning, we had first gone to Zaans Rietveld reserve.

This is a Zaans Rietveld video.

Zaans Rietveld biodiversity: here.

Black-tailed godwits flying about and calling. Grey lag geese. Wigeons here as well.

A chiffchaff sings. The first time I hear that sound this year.

Two oystercatchers.

Scores of barnacle geese grazing. A northern lapwing.

Lesser celandine starts flowering.

A hare.

A dunnock sings.

A great egret flies and lands.

A reed bunting signs.

A grey heron flying.

A curlew flies over a meadow. On the meadow: herring gulls, mute swans and two shelducks.

A chaffinch sings.

A dead mole, lying in the grass.

A singing greenfinch.

In a shallow lakelet: avocets. Black-headed gulls. Teal. And, resting on a bank, a rare teal relative: a male garganey.

Then, we continued to De Wilck. Hundreds of wigeons. Also, a male pintail.

Finally, to the Amaliahut hide.

White storks, 21 March 2015

Near the hide, two white storks´ heads popping up from their nest.

Tufted duck female, 21 March 2015

On a small island, visible from the hide, a moorhen. And a female tufted duck.

Tufted duck male and female, 21 March 2015

Then, she took to the water with her mate.

Tufted duck male, 21 March 2015

Gadwall couple, 21 March 2015

A bit further, a gadwall couple swimming.

Oystercatchers, 21 March 2015

On the island, this oystercatcher couple.

Habitat use and distribution of the Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) in the wetland complex of Oued Righ, Algerian Sahara

Originally posted on North African Birds:

Nouidjem, Y., Saheb, M., Bensaci, E., Bouzegag, A., Guergueb, E.-Y. & Houhamdi, M. (2015). Habitat use and distribution of the Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea in the wetland complex of Oued Righ (Algerian Sahara). Zoology and Ecology 25(1): 26–33. doi:10.1080/21658005.2014.997995
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Our study conducted from August 2007 to May 2011 in the main wetlands of the Oued Righ complex (Eastern Sahara of Algeria) aimed to study the habitat use and distribution pattern of the Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. As the species was recorded breeding at most sites of the wetland complex, it was given the resident breeder status, which differs from the one it had previously. The maximum number of Ruddy Shelducks (284 individuals) was recorded each year during the winter season (second half of December). The Ruddy Shelduck (60% of population) shows preference for shallow middle-sized salt ponds with a high proportion of open…

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Rare blue-winged teal at Orkney islands

This video is called Blue-winged teal duck, Anas discors, April 2010 High Park Grenadier Pond, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

From the Rare Bird Network in Britain, on Twitter:

Orkney: BLUE-WINGED TEAL 1 drake again today on Mainland. At the Shunan.

This North American species is rare in Europe.

King eider duck in Cornwall

This is a video about a king eider duck among common eider ducks in Sweden.


Sunday 8th March 2015 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Falmouth – KING EIDER (1[st] w[inter] dr[a]k[e]) still at*Maenporth from coast path south of beach at 0815hrs