[Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?

Mark Robinson blobbybirdman at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 11:57:38 PST 2017

I've been misled by Northern Shovelers in transitional molt in the past (I
think this might have already been suggested in the thread).

Here is a good example of a bird that would make me look twice from a
distance, could this match what you saw?

Mark Robinson

On 28 February 2017 at 11:50, Margaret Sandelin <msand47 at earthlink.net>

> I have had several replies suggesting I might have seen a female Scaup or

> Barrow's Golden Eye and it was definitely not a Golden Eye- no other bright

> patches of white. I was using Morse, Aversa & Opperman's Birds of the

> Puget Sound Region (it is small, easy to carry). I have just looked in 3

> other field guides and I still think I saw a Blue- winged Teal as the

> crescent was exactly like the one in Birds of the Puget Sound Region - very

> defined, long and arching back in front of the eye. In all the books I

> have the Scaup white behind the bill is thicker and does not arch up around

> the eye to the top of the head. But again, I am only a beginner, it was

> cold so I did not spend much time looking at the bird so I can only say I

> think it was a Teal but unless someone more knowledgeable sees it and can

> confirm we will have to say maybe.

> Margaret Sandelin


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