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JBreeze
03-21-2014, 08:50 PM
This picture was taken Wednesday, in a small, freshwater pond in RI.

First thought was an American Wigeon, but the color of the beak and forehead are wrong...

Do you think this is a Wigeon Mallard Hybrid?

Thanks

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x92/jbreeze_albums/Hybridtr_zpsd8ace89d.jpg

Jimmy W
03-21-2014, 09:27 PM
My vote is with Fred.

SchoonerRat
03-21-2014, 09:32 PM
Just offhand, I'd say it's a duck!

JBreeze
03-21-2014, 09:49 PM
Thanks for the link, Fred Z! I didn't think to Google Mallard hybrids, as I didn't know they were that common.

Those Mallards aren't too fussy about their choices, are they!Y:o

ron ll
03-21-2014, 10:47 PM
Around here for a few years there was one bird we called Motley Crow. Think his momma was hanging out with the seagull crowd.

JBreeze
03-22-2014, 06:47 AM
Ron,

Did the crow look like this?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56326961@N03/5240298304/in/photostream/http://www.flickr.com/photos/56326961@N03/5240298304/in/photostream/http://www.flickr.com/photos/56326961@N03/5240298304/lightbox/http://www.bubblews.com/assets/images/news/297705362_1392748934.jpg

Rarely, a bird is without normal pigmentation....Last year there was a red tailed hawk in RI that was all white, except for the red tail on the dorsal side.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucism

bogdog
03-22-2014, 07:45 AM
I'd say a Mallard X Black Duck. There have been reports of a leucistic Bald Eagle here in Virginia just a few weeks ago. There was a true dark morph Red-tailed Hawk sighted yesterday at Jamestown.

S.V. Airlie
03-22-2014, 09:20 AM
Thanks for the link, Fred Z! I didn't think to Google Mallard hybrids, as I didn't know they were that common.

Those Mallards aren't too fussy about their choices, are they!Y:oBlacks and Mallards are quite common. One was always on my duck ID tests at college.

JBreeze
03-22-2014, 11:05 AM
I'd say a Mallard X Black Duck. There have been reports of a leucistic Bald Eagle here in Virginia just a few weeks ago. There was a true dark morph Red-tailed Hawk sighted yesterday at Jamestown.

Jamestown RI or VA? I'm in J'town RI, but was on the Cape yesterday:o. Sunny now, so I'm headed out w/ the camera. Checked ABA rare, but didn't see the report.

Thursday I finally saw a common loon only a few days away from a complete molt. Hard to believe the quiet drab gray and white birds transition from seafood eaters to dramatic black and white and "loud" birds in the summer.

bogdog
03-22-2014, 03:12 PM
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Thursday I finally saw a common loon only a few days away from a complete molt. Hard to believe the quiet drab gray and white birds transition from seafood eaters to dramatic black and white and "loud" birds in the summer.

We always have non-breeding male Common Loons who stay on the James Rivah and the Chesapeake Bay every summer. Occasionally they let loose with a call or two. In the fall, early November, they typically hit the tidal rivers and bays here in Virginia by the thousands. We've been surrounded by them more than a few times while paddling.

S.V. Airlie
03-22-2014, 05:22 PM
I worked on Gavia immer for NYDept of Enironmental Conservation. A great bird and one of my favorites. Usually have a pair on Otsego Lake in the summer but, it's getting a bit built up for them.
One night, we all played poker; two teams. The bet was a trip out to some lake about ten miles from a paved road to check for loons. (based on 1950 topo maps) This meant a 20 mile portage round trip, with canoes.:) Luckily, my team won and the other team had to get up at 5am, load the gear, and portage to the site. Off they went while we relaxed and they sweated, bumped and skid down the small trails they had to take. Our days was not so bad as the sites we visited were fairly close to a road. At about 1pm, the phone rang! (while we were eating lunch.:)) Appears there were NO loons on the lake and there were a bunch of condos completely surrounding the lake they had portaged to. Plenty of roads to the lake as well which was extremely funny to us. Certainly no place for a loon to be. The other team begged us to come pick them up instead of portaging back out and also because they were exhausted. Needless to say, they didn't play poker with us again.:)