Blue-winged Teal, Fort Bragg
11 March 2021 - There is a small pond on the former GP mill site
just west of the end of Alder Street, behind Mendo Mill, that for
some reason seems to attract waterfowl. We checked it briefly
after lunch today and found one Coot, and male-female pairs of the
following: Bufflehead, Shoveler, Gadwall, and Blue-winged Teal.
The latter are, I think, the first of that species I have seen
here on the coast. This pond is somewhat difficult to view as it
is behind a locked gate and high cyclone fence, so only part of
the pond is visible; it pays to wait and watch, if the ducks are
moving around they will eventually appear in the visible areas.
Also if you have a vehicle that you can stand up in, that helps!