Eurasian Green-winged Teal continues at Burris Basin
- Just out for a few minutes of birding in the afternoon today (17 Mar.) between showers. Dropped by Burris Basin, where birds remain relatively few and far between. Was a bit surprised to finally see the male "Common" (Eurasian Green-winged) Teal again. I'd last seen this bird on 22 Jan., and assumed it had likely moved on (which a good percentage of the birds seemed to have done around mid February). The bird was with a small group of ducks that included approximately 25 Green-winged Teal, as well as a few Cinnamon Teal, American Wigeon, Northern Shovelers, etc. Only three Common Mergansers were observed (down from at least 125 in January). Evidence of local breeders here included a few Great Blue Herons perching high in the tall pine trees at the far north end of Burris (the east end of South Street), where a few pairs have bred in recent years, and a flock of American Avocets, all in their breeding colors. No sign yet of any Forster's Terns, which have bred at Burris (or at least attempted to) since about 1999; the breeding Forster's usually don't seem to appear until sometime in April, followed several weeks later (if all goes well) with the first of the Least Terns and Black Skimmers. I'll be curious to see how these tern (and now skimmer!) breeding colonies will do, now that Anaheim Coves Park, which immediately borders Burris Basin, is open to the public.