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This morning I walked along the Columbia waste treatment units #1 and
#4 north of McBaine. In addition to numerous Wood Ducks two pairs of
Blue-winged Teal were at unit #4. In the third cell, which has the
most open water, two male and one female Ruddy Duck were seen.
One Virginia Rail was heard at cell 3 of unit #1.
Common Moorhens were seen or heard at both units.
American Coots were present in the cells with open water at unit #4.
With two  adults, were half grown feathered young. Three  birds in
one brood still had the black-tipped red bill of the downy young.

The best way to see birds at unit #4 is to walk from the MKT trail,
along the northwest side of the cells outside of the fence. Here
there is a good view of the open water.

Bill Goodge
Columbia
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