Canada Goose, taken by Dustin Poppendieck

Canada Goose:Branta canadensis:"This easly recognizable goose, has a long black neck and head, with white cheek patches, and a dull grey body. This bird is found year round at the marshes, and can be usually seen flying in V-formation while honking in the air."[1]



Female Mallard with chicks, taken by Logan Porrazzo

Mallard:Anas platyrhynchos: "The males of this speices is easily recognizable by its green head and thin white collar around its neck. The female has a more earthy coloring, but same body plan."[2]


Green-winged Teal, taken by Dustin Poppendieck

Green-winged Teal:Anas crecca: " This small duck is usually found during low tide feeding on the mudflats. The head of the males is cinnamon colored, with green stripes on its head."[3]




Surf Scoter, taken by Dustin Poppendieck

Surf Scoter:Melanitta perspicillata: "The males have a black body, with a white patch at the back of their head. These birds are found far from shore feeding on shellfish."[4]















Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds (wester region).1977
  2. Bulger, Suzie. "The Beginners Guide to Birding at the Arcata Marsh" FOAM 1996
  3. Bulger, Suzie. "The Beginners Guide to Birding at the Arcata Marsh" FOAM 1996
  4. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds (wester region).1977