This duck is a dabbler, often seen in shallows sifting water and mud for goodies, rarely diving but able to take flight by jumping directly from the water into the air. Males have a distinctive white crescent on their dark gray heads.
A flock of 500 green-winged teal munch on invertebrates in the mudflats along the shallowly flooded pools at Duck Creek. These birds along with other waterfowl species use our managed wetland areas to rest and re-fuel as they head back north towards the breeding grounds.
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