#1 Wood Frog
#2 White-tailed Deer
#3 Large-flowered Trillium
#4 Black-eyed Susan
#5 Skunk Cabbage
#6 Monarch Butterfly
#7 Viceroy Butterfly
#8 Fox Squirrel
Species #9 is the first bird on the the list - the Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos). In Mid-Michign when most people think of a duck this is the species that come to their mind. The Mallard drake (male) is one of the most easily recognized birds in North America. It is characterized by a shining green head, bright yellow bill, chocolate brown breast, grey body, black rump and white tail.
Compared to the male, the hen (female) is rather plain looking - she has speckled brown feathers covering her entire body, a dull orange and brown bill, and a patch of dark blue on her wings.
|Drake and hen Mallard - the drake shows his distinctive green head and yellow bill|
|Mallard hen - note her mottled brown and tan color and dull orange-brown bill|
|Mallard hen - note the dark blue patch on her wings|
|Mallard drake - showing all of his distinguishing marks|
For more information on the Mallard check out this species profile on allaboutbirds.org.