Thursday, June 25, 2015

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal
Albany Mudflats State Marine Park, Albany, CA, USA
March 2015
Member of the Ducks, Geese, and Swans Family
§A Dopping of Teal§
The Smallest North American Duck (about the size of a pigeon)★

~true bird fact~ I know it's not going to be a major bird shocker, but think for a second about migration when you see this bird. This guy breeds in Northern Alaska and the Aleutian Island chain, and is an unusually early migrator, leaving his wintering grounds as early as February and arriving just when the snow is melting. That means this is a bird that is flying 3000 miles to go to Alaska in early Spring. Birds are so tough.

Has seemingly boundless energy
A natural at many things
Doesn't know how to relax
Harbors secret desires to be a crime fighter, exercises and trains a lot

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