Green-winged Teal 3/28/12

Smallest of the dabbling ducks in North America, Green-winged Teal are colorful and widespread but I find them to be quite shy and hard to sneak up on.  The cinnamon heads of drakes with a dark green iridescent mask are hard to miss. Females look much like a small mallard female, but both sexes have an iridescent green speculum in the wings which give them their name. You can see just a hint of it above the leg in this photo. They winter as far south as the Yucatan and breed as far north and west as Alaska. In New England we see them as both year-round residents and migrants. This was one of two drakes wintering in a tidal creek along Rt 103 in Kittery.

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  1. Feathered friends | Seacoast Shorts said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    […] this wonderfully focused birdy blog, such as: the smallest dabbling ducks in North America, the Green-winged Teal. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. Posted in Fauna, Maine, […]

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