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I think the front bird has all the markers for a female Mallard, the lighting may be making it look dark.

The bird behind may have a dubious heritage - the bill (usually a uniform colour and not black or dark grey) and overall colouring doesn't support Black Duck?, but maybe lighting again.

I only jumped in to give this one a push so hopefully some experts will help out.

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6 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Quite sure these are juvenile Mallards.  But I can't rule out Mottled hybrid because I know nothing about them!

They’re not pure mottled, either hybrid or pure MALL.

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48 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Quite sure these are juvenile Mallards

Forgot how far NC is ahead of Ontario in plumage, explains the dark bill.

A Mallard chick this morning in ON (same dark bill) but not quite as advanced.

Mallard chick HVT 7233599-.jpg

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