Birds That Live Near Ponds

Written by brenna davis | 13/05/2017
Birds That Live Near Ponds
Ducks are the most common pond-dwelling birds. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The enriched ecosystem created by ponds can attract a variety of birds, depending on geographical region, climate and time of year. Some birds are found near ponds throughout most of North America, thriving near the water where some of them swim or dive for fish.

Predatory Birds

Birds That Live Near Ponds
Birds of prey like this falcon may be attracted to animals that live near ponds. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Predatory birds are among the most common birds seen near ponds. While they do not live exclusively near ponds, they are drawn to them for hunting. Fish, smaller birds and even mammals living in or near water make attractive targets for these giant birds that may include falcons and hawks.


Birds That Live Near Ponds
Owls are skilled nocturnal hunters. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Owls are not classified as birds of prey, but they remain avid hunters. Small mammals such as mice may be attracted to the enriched environment around ponds. These small animals also attract owls, who frequently build nests near ponds.


Birds That Live Near Ponds
Cranes frequently wade into water. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Herons, egrets and cranes all look similar to one another. These tall birds have long necks and beaks and are often coloured with bright markings. They typically hunt by wading into shallow water and scooping up fish with their beaks.


Birds That Live Near Ponds
Blackbirds build nests in and around water. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

These small birds, which resemble sparrows, thrive in a watery environment. Blackbirds often build their nests directly above a pond and eat many insects that live nearby. Blackbird males are solid black, with orange beaks and a few orange feathers. The females are typically brown or grey.


Birds That Live Near Ponds
Hummingbirds have long beaks and are often brightly coloured. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Hummingbirds eat nectar, and many of the flowers that grow near ponds provide an abundance of this sweet substance. Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds and can be as small as 5 centimetres tall. They come in a variety of colours, ranging from drab brown to a brightly-coloured green and red.

Ducks and Geese

Birds That Live Near Ponds
Male mallards are brightly coloured, but the females are a drab brown. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Thousands of species of ducks and geese live in ponds across North America. The most commonly seen ducks include brightly coloured mallards. Canada geese and black and white swans are also frequent flyers in ponds.

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