Ruddy Duck makes unusual stop in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 July 2015 at 12:00 am

CARLTON – Doug Boyer took these photos on Sunday of what he thought was a very rare duck to be at Lake Alice. Boyer did a Google search of a duck with a blue bill and was directed to Ruddy Duck.

That description seems to fit the bill. I sent the photos to Vernon Fonda, a conservation officer with the DEC, and he said the picture is of a Drake Ruddy Duck, which he said is very uncommon in these parts this time of the year.