Upon further research, I discovered that Cinnamon Teals are most commonly found in marshes and ponds of western North and South America. Its migration route does not include the Midwest. Where did this lovely dabbling duck come from?
This blog features many of the beautiful sightings seen on a few March outings.
A most unique pond visitor ~ Cinnamon Teal
A striking Red-headed Woodpecker excavates a deep cavity
An attractive Mallard pair wade in North Pond
A common doe-eyed winter visitor ~ Tufted Titmouse
Putting on quite the display for a fellow White-breasted Nuthatch
A Ring-billed Seagull admires its reflection from the edge of the ice
The sightly profile of a Red-bellied Woodpecker
Glorious Sandhill Cranes in flight
On this day, I was fortunate to view hundreds of migrating Sandhill Cranes ~ I heard their raucous trumpeting calls the entire 2 1/2 hours I spent birdwatching ~ I observed smaller groups of cranes at various altitudes come together and form one massive, incredible flock
The magnificent colors of a male Wood Duck
A Lesser Scaup delights in the sunny day
Exquisite feathers ~ Cinnamon Teal
One last look at the stunning Cinnamon Teal