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Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

Uncommon throughout Puget Trough lowlands and at mid-elevations along Yakima River Valley in western half of Kittitas County, preferring wetlands surrounded by woodlands or forests. Only "confirmed" record comes from Nelson, south of Cle Elum Lake. Dearth of records from most of Kittitas County does not support overgenerous breeding range throughout county's forest zones predicted by Washington Gap report (Smith et al. 1997).