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What kind of ducks are these ?

 
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 These arrived in my field 3 days ago wondering exactly what they are, they have been hanging out beside my duck yards and chickens
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new friends!

they look quite a bit like American black ducks
 
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Do you think they're wild, or dropped off domestics?
 
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I believe they are wild, we’re to far out for drop offs, they started out in a small field between house and chicken barn and horse barn, now they have moved into the backyard but I need them to get out of backyard so my dogs can go out lol
 
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I would venture to guess they flew in. saw your flock of birds and decided it looked like friendly company and good habitat.
they also kind of look like mallards although mallards usually have more brown feathers along with grey and black, but both have the black or dark line through the eyes
 
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They look darker in the pics they are mor light brown with creme
 
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I’m hoping they weren’t migrating and got sidetracked, cause they won’t like 9 months of rain and mud
 
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They look to be the size of a chicken from the photo - maybe a little bigger?

What sort of noises do they make - does one or both "quack like a duck"? Does one make different noises than the other?
 
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My friend who's a naturalist bird photographer said he'd call them "white front geese".

I was wondering if they were more goose-ish than duck-ish, but if they're geese, I suspect they're young ones.

 
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They look like Greylag Geese to me. Where in the world are you?
 
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I believe they are young and more goose than duck, but not real big and so far not a peep. I’m in Washington State if that helps
 
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Also I’ve been looking at lots of photos and I agree with white fronted or the lesser white fronted.and I just discovered the white fronted goose is one of the first to be seen in fall on Washington coast lines from late aug till mid Oct. so possibly mystery solved.  I’m 5 miles as a bird flies from the Pacific Ocean. Now I want to find which they are lessor the smaller or normal.   I really hope they continue on migration for safety reasons.  We moved here 6 years ago and a wild duck moved in with us lol we named her wayward and she stayed for 6 years very happy and spoiled she was like a little dog. Sadly 2 weeks ago something got her I was heart broken, and now worry about these 2 over night
 
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