[Tweeters] mallard X shoveler?? at Yesler Swamp

J Christian Kessler 1northraven at gmail.com
Thu Oct 11 12:04:01 PDT 2018


This morning at Yesler Swamp (Lake Washington cove at end of board walk) I
saw 3 males ducks with the following plumage:
green head - color & iridescence of Mallard
no neck ring of any kind
bill pretty much normal Mallard size & shape, dull "orange" with black
white breast - smaller area than russet breast of male Mallard, and with
some black feathers close to the edges
russet/brown sides - entire side was solid color, similar in size & shape
to pale side of male Mallard, no white "outline" as with Shoveler
dark rump & tail, same curled feathers as Mallard, but solid very dark (no
white)

tried to get pictures with cell phone -- bad light & too distant

also present in cove:
Mallards
Shovelers (males looking pretty scruffy, still in molt)
Green-wing Teal
Wood Duck (single female)
Crows
Flicker
Song Sparrow (very dark plumage)
rest not identifiable at distance in bad light

Chris Kessler
Seattle




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