It's driving me crazy trying to identify a duck that I saw yesterday. So far all websites have been useless. I noticed alot of movement in the brush next to my house yesterday evening near a hedge of roses. I thought it was the dog but I looked over and he was asleep in the yard. I could see brush waving around as something was moving through it so I walked up to the hedge to try and find it. Up jumped a duck followed by eight to ten newly hatched ducklings and they zipped off into the cornfield. She gathered everyone together and went into some near by tall grass and stayed there. I crept up to get a closer look and she popped out again doing the broken wing thing that mother birds will do. This duck was blue/black almost a gunmetal color. The body was squarish. The neck was very slender and long in proportion to her body. Overall about two thirds the size of a mallard. On her head were curvy tear drop splashed of white over the eyes, with the point of the tear drop pointing back and curving down slightly. A crest the same color as her feathers came off the back of the head and pointed down. Cant remember the color of bill and feet. She flew off a short distance at one point and I think there were some light of white bars under her wings. Does anyone know what in the world I saw? I haven't seen one around here before and I can't find anything close in a picture.