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Green-winged Teals Molting & Migrating

11-2-16-male-green-winged-teal-by-jeannie-male-moltingIn much of New England Green-winged Teals, our smallest dabbling (feed mainly on the surface rather than diving) ducks, are present either during the breeding season, or over the winter, but most of Vermont and New Hampshire have to settle for glimpses during spring and fall migration. Often these ducks stop to rest and refuel on shallow ponds, marshes and flooded fields. While occasionally one or two are spotted amongst a group of mallards, typically they are found in small groups that often congregate in large flocks.

The pictured male is soon to complete its fall “prealternate molt,” in which all body feathers except the innermost feathers of wing are replaced. When finished, he will sport brilliant cinnamon and green head feathers as part of his alternate, or breeding, plumage. Next July he will molt these feathers and acquire a duller basic, or non-breeding, plumage.   (Photo by Jeannie Killam)

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3 responses

  1. Arlington Reservoir has always had a good representation of these dabblers.

    November 2, 2016 at 8:04 am

  2. Buddy Campbell

    I really enjoy your posts! I do think that Teal, as in Blue-winged Teal is both singular and plural. 🙂

    November 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    • Hi Buddy,
      I actually checked before publishing the post, and both “teal” and “teals” is correct for plural! I appreciate your comment, however!

      November 4, 2016 at 7:39 am

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