I found this little carved and painted bird in upstate New York not far from Albany, and it seems to me likely the creation of a folk carver in a cabin somewhere in the Adirondacks in the 1920s or 30s or so. I take the bird with gray body and black band around its neck as duck, either taking off or just landed, with wings outspread and neck extended. Lovingly carved, with nicely tapering wings and tail, and attached by nailed legs to the cream painted base with scalloped details around the perimeter in red and gray-blue paint. A true folk piece and very charming I think.
4" x 4" x 1 1/2" and in good condition, sturdy and sound, with a little paint loss to the base.