Northern Nevada, with its diverse habitats including lakes, rivers, marshes, and other wetlands, is home to a variety of waterfowl species. These birds are attracted to the area’s water bodies for breeding, wintering, and migration stopovers. Here are some of the waterfowl species you might encounter in Northern Nevada:

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos): One of the most common and recognizable ducks, mallards can be found in a variety of wetland habitats.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis): Large, easily identifiable birds that are often seen in flocks, grazing in fields, or floating on lakes.

Canvasbacks (Aythya valisineria): These diving ducks are noted for their long, sloping profiles and are often found in deeper waters.

Northern Pintails (Anas acuta): Elegant ducks with long necks and tails, pintails frequent shallow marshes and agricultural fields.

American Wigeons (Anas americana): Often found grazing on grasses and aquatic plants, these ducks have a distinctive whistling call.

Green-winged Teals (Anas crecca): The smallest of North American dabbling ducks, they prefer shallow ponds and marshes.

Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa): Known for their striking appearance, wood ducks inhabit wooded swamps and streamside habitats.

Redheads (Aythya americana): These medium-sized diving ducks are often found in large, deep lakes and marshes.

Gadwalls (Mareca strepera): Less conspicuous than other ducks, gadwalls frequent marshes and ponds, feeding on aquatic vegetation.

Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola): Small diving ducks, and buffleheads are often seen in small flocks in lakes and ponds.

Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser): Large, fish-eating ducks with sleek bodies and sharp bills, commonly found in rivers and lakes.

These species represent just a snapshot of the diversity of waterfowl that can be observed in Northern Nevada. The region’s rich aquatic ecosystems support a wide range of wildlife, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and nature study.