National Geographic : 1919 Oct
"" i'" -1 ~r rrr -9Bi S ruary 15. After this date ut they are protected from shooting throughout the S State and need no longer = seek refuge in this sanc 0 tuary. Thus the ducks o0 leave Lake Merritt several Js weeks before they depart o. for their distant nesting -' grounds in the north. • E The time of arrival and b.ydeparture varies with the i different species. For in • ZNstance, the Pintail arrives 1O = much earlier in the fall than S the Canvasback, and also "§ . p departs correspondingly - s.. early in the spring. In 1918 ^ bp the Canvasback (id not ar o ' " E rive in full force until early o cr-' December, some time after E-. - the Pintail had arrived. On y February 16, 1919, only one 4§ Pintail was seen on the lake aS ^'" V where thousands were pres o( ent a month earlier. At go this date (February 16), SS when only one Pintail was Noted, hundreds of Canvas O. backs still thronged the wa ES ters near the Embarcadero, ,2 and many individuals of H- 7 this species were still pres ent during the first week in m-. " o March. n* Among the various kinds Sor of waterfowl which regu =E larly visit Lake Merritt 0 each winter, the following ao four species of wild ducks - .2 occur in greatest numbers tu and are of particular in o terest: o The Pintail, or Sprig, one o- > of the largest and most =a graceful of all our wild x5 o ducks, is the species found So on the lawns in greatest ag c44 ^g gregate numbers. Both the So§ common name, Pintail, and "'SoX the scientific name, acuta, - o o have been given this bird on |'= account of the long, rapier 8 § like tail feathers, which .m ". form the most striking fea ' ture in the male of the 9 species.