An extremely unique waterbird for the BC Bird Trail. Smaller and stockier than a Mallard. Notable for their long, stiff tails that they often hold upright. Females are a somewhat drab brown, but males have a white patch on the cheek, richer chestnut colouring elsewhere, and an incredible light blue bill during breeding season!
All year, but less in summer.
Lakes and Ponds are the best spots to see them. Look for a smallish duck with an upright tail.
Occasionally spotted on the coast, you can most often find the Ruddy Duck on the Columbia Valley Bird Trail.