This morning at Mud Creek WMA in Alburgh, I got a good long look at a
small duck that had to have been a ruddy duck - but it seems so
unlikely to see one there and at this time of year. There was only
one duck like it, and I saw it only from the side. It had a round
head with a rectangular-shaped white patch on the cheek. Its bill was
light; once I thought I got a glimpse of blue color but couldn't
convince myself of it again. The top of its head was dark. The whole
side of the body was chestnut-colored. It wasn't holding its tail up
as this species often does - but, other than a ruddy duck decoy, I
can't think of anything else it could be.
Also, at the Stephen J. Young Marsh on the Missisquoi NWMA, there
were at least 40 green-winged teal.