help me identify my nesting backyard duck! and advice

by Andrea
(Chicago Suburbs)

She is brown speckled, dark thin stripe through eye, dark beak. I see a bit of lighter/whiter feathers around her tail. To me she best matches female northern pintail in my books but I am in IL, so this seems unlikely. Beautiful duck. She built her next inside our fenced in yard and its a ways to water. Husband and I debating whether to tether gate open to help her and chicks get out or closed for predators (its the suburbs).

Thank you!

I'll try to snap a photo tomorrow but I don't want to disturb her

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Apr 28, 2016
Don't know where photo is, re-submmitting NEW
by: Andrea

I'm resubmitting the photo but have to start over for the site to let me, it seems

Apr 28, 2016
I added photo yesterday NEW
by: Andrea

Please see photo. How will I help her get to water? would she come back to this next every night with her brood?

Apr 28, 2016
help me identify my nesting backyard duck! and advice NEW
by: Brook

Yes, to positively ID her we will need a picture. In regards to the gate, I would think that if you can watch the nest for when the chicks hatch it is best to leave it closed. I think she might be able to get the babes to water on her own, but if she needs your help I think you will know. If she can't get them there right away she won't leave them. Of course if you can ID her species you may have a good idea of when the chicks will fledge, (leave,) the nest.

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