Strange ducks at the Fill
lars a.w. jureus
jureus at u.washington.edu
Wed Mar 15 22:17:30 PST 2000
Today I saw a pair of very strange looking ducks at the Fill. They looked
similar to mallards but both the male and the female had a large irregular
white breast patch, the female also had a distinct white eyebrow and the
male seemed to be lacking most of the white neckring. Both the male and
the female seemed to be a little bit larger than a "standard" mallard. I
moved to Seattle last year from Europe and is not that familiar with
different sub-species in the area, but I have birded the Fill on a
regular basis for year and not seen anything like these two. Neither could
I find them in any of the field guides I looked in at the bookstore.
please give me your thoughts on this?
P.S They were hanging out the small pond at the southeast corner of the
Fill where the clay-colored sparrow was seen earlier this winter.
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