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Gadwall Anas strepera

Western Washington populations of this primarily Midwestern species have increased dramatically in historic times concurrent with removal of original coniferous forests (Smith et al. 1997). Now common in freshwater habitats at low elevations throughout urban and suburban King County, where seems to favor water bodies invaded by Eurasian watermilfoil, a preferred food plant. Also well represented in Island County, but rare in Kitsap County with no "confirmed" BBA records. Only Kittitas County records along Columbia River: pair at West Bar on 23 or 24 May 1997, another at Sentinel Gap on 29 June 1997.