Friday, March 26, 2010

Cinammon Teal

After spending the winter in the Caribbean or South America, cinammon teal are back in Idaho.

A small but colorful duck, migratory cinammon teal nest almost exclusively in the western United States. They are quite common in shallow wetlands around Idaho, and are easy to see on the Camas Prairie and at Silver Creek Preserve.

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and wetlands around the Great Salt Lake are also important habitat.

You will almost never see a cinammon teal in the autumn here. They rest in the Salt Lake area before heading south.

So now is the time to observe this small but colorful duck. Spring is a great time to visit Silver Creek--birds of many species are very active, and many waterfowl are starting to set up nesting sites. The preserve is open all year, so we hope to see you there this year!

Photos by Tom Grey.

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