The Flint Hills are arguably one of the most scenic parts of Kansas. Planning your first visit? Allow us to make a few suggestions.
The male common eider (Somateria mollissima) presents a somewhat strange appearance, not likely to be confused with that of any other species.
The male king eider (Somateria spectabilis) is a bird that is guaranteed to make an impression. Whether he is gaudy or beautiful depends on your perspective.
At a glance, the lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) resembles a miniature greater scaup. However, it does display some unique characteristics.
When seeing the greater scaup (Aythya marila), the overall impression is that of a big, thickset duck.
When you first encounter the male ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris), you may be surprised to find that he has no obvious ring on his neck.
The redhead duck (Aythya americana) may at first glance resemble the larger canvasback. However, its appearance is actually quite distinctive.
Dyche’s taxidermy collection was shipped off to represent Kansas at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Surprisingly, this move met with a great deal of resistance.
Once you are familiar with the distinctive characteristics of the male canvasback (Aythya valisineria), you should have no problem identifying it even at a great distance.
There are many beautiful and interesting sights to see in Kansas. But there are also quite a few sights that are best classified as strange.