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The ducks are pairing up at the Bottoms!!!  Blue-winged teal have to ramp up their reproductive efforts-- according to I-bird info( is this internet not amazing?), Blue-winged teal have the highest mortality rate (about 65%) of all the dabbling ducks.  Some make a long, over-water migration, and they are hunted by fellows like me that enjoy smoked duck on the grill.  The early teal season has long been a special occasion-- it was the highlight of the year for Jonathan and me for a long time.  The white face patch is only present in the breeding season.  I have always ...

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