Posted by: atowhee | February 15, 2012


The refuge is home to many thousands of ducks and geese each winter. The most abundanrt species include Shoveler, Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Gadwall, Bufflehead, Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose.
The Pintail males are beginning to sport breeding plumage, including that tell[tsle red sidewall. Some of the Pintails were quite close to the road. Note the blue stripe down the side of the male’s beak. Coots were everywhere: among the swimmning ducks, on the road, on the levees. Coots, coots, coots.

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