BIRDS OF CEDAR CREEK

Annotated Checklist and Explanation of Codes

Order ANSERIFORMES: Ducks, Geese, Swans, Screamers

Family ANATIDAE: Ducks, Geese, Swans

Subfamily ANATINAE: Ducks

Wood Duck, Aix sponsa [SR -, c, u-c, c-a ** b]
 Wood Ducks are reasonably common on the small ponds at Cedar Creek during the breeding season. Their nesting success has usually not been very good, since from 1976-95, the only broods Howitz found were two in 1985, four in 1986, two in 1987, one in 1988, two in 1989, and one in 1990. The only other records of broods are one in 1974 and one in 1984. In some years Wood Ducks are abundant on ponds at Cedar Creek during the fall migration.

Dave Menke, USFWS
Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca [SR r, u, r, u ( )]
 Green-winged Teal are fairly common migrants at Cedar Creek on Cedar Bog and Fish Lakes. A pair was present in a swamp adjacent to the area, just south of 26 and east of East Bethel Boulevard, during the breeding season in 1986, but did not nest successfully. A pair of Green-winged Teal wintered on the open water at Martin Lake in 1994-95.

Peter Wallack
American Black Duck, A. rubripes [M -, r, -, r O]
 Black Ducks are rare migrants at Cedar Creek (and may be conspecific with mallards (Auk 103: 701-709, 1986)).

Maslowski, USFWS
Mallard, A. platyrhynchos [SR r, c, c, c *** n b]
 Mallards nest near many of the ponds at Cedar Creek, and are the most common breeding waterfowl there. Nesting success is apparently very low, since few broods are seen relative to the number of adults. Two broods were east of the Peterson farm in 1986 and two broods were on Fish Lake in 1988 and 1989, and one in 1990. The only winter records are for birds on Cedar Creek north of the 26 bridge on December 16, 1989 and in the same spot in December 1993 and 1995.
 

Erwin and Peggy Bauer, USFWS
Northern Pintail, A. acuta [M -, r, -, r O]
 Pintails are rare migrants at Cedar Creek.

Dave Menke, USFWS
Blue-winged Teal, A. discors [SR -, u-c, u-c, u-c ** n]
 Blue-winged Teal are reasonably common on small ponds at Cedar Creek during the breeding season, though breeding evidence is meager. A female laid 7 eggs in a nest along the western edge of the Allison Savannah woods in 1986, but later abandoned it.

Dave Menke, USFWS
Northern Shoveler, A. clypeata [M -, u, -, u O]
 Shovelers are uncommon migrants at Cedar Creek.

Dave Menke, USFWS
Gadwall, A. strepera [M -, u, -, r O]
 Gadwalls are uncommon to rare migrants at Cedar Creek.

Dave Menke, USFWS
American Wigeon, A. americana [M -, u, -, u O]
 Wigeons are uncommon migrants at Cedar Creek.

Tim McCabe, USFWS
Canvasback, Aythya valisineria [M -, u, -, u O]
 Canvasbacks are uncommon on Fish Lake during migration.

Eugene Hester, USFWS
Redhead, A. americana [M -, u, -, u O]
 Redheads are uncommon visitors to Fish Lake during migration
 
Ring-necked Duck, A. collaris [SR -, c, u, c ( )]
 Ring-necked Ducks are common on Fish Lake during migration. A pair or two is generally present on Fish Lake during the summer, and in 1984 a pair was on Beckman Lake during the summer. There is no positive breeding evidence
 
Lesser Scaup, A. affinis [M -, c-a, -, c-a O]
 Lesser Scaup are probably the most common duck at Cedar Creek during migration. Large numbers of them use Fish Lake as a stopover.

Glen Smart, USFWS
Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula [M -, u, -, u O]
 Goldeneyes are among the earliest ducks to return to the Cedar Creek area in the spring. They have been seen on Cedar Creek and Fish Lake.

USFWS
Bufflehead, B. albeola [M -, c, -, u O]
 Buffleheads are common on Fish and Cedar Bog Lakes and on ponds at Cedar Creek during migration.
 
Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus [M -, c, -, u ( )]
 Hooded Mergansers are common migrants on Cedar Creek ponds and lakes. Though there are no summer records, these secretive ducks could be breeding at Cedar Creek without anyone noticing.

Glen Smart, USFWS
Common Merganser, Mergus merganser [M -, u, -, r O]
 Common Mergansers visit Fish Lake before the ice is completely out in the spring.

John and Karen Hollingsworth, USFWS
Red-breasted Merganser, M. serrator [M -, u, -, r O]
 Red-breasted Mergansers also visit Fish Lake as the ice is withdrawing from the lake.
 

Dave Menke, USFWS
Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis [M -, r, -, r O]
 Ruddy Ducks are rare at Cedar Creek.

John and Karen Hollingsworth, USFWS