[Tweeters] FW: American Black Duck Question

Francis Wood fbwood at u.washington.edu
Thu Sep 21 11:43:31 PDT 2006

Hello Tweeters Again,

The attached Gene Gudger photo from the east side of the Union
Bay Natural Area (Fill) brought half a dozen responses:

There was one from Keith Brady suggesting a Pintail, and another
from Phil Mattocks in Ellensburg suggesting “a young Muscovy or a
Muscovy/Mallard something”.

The other four favored a Green-winged Teal. John Tubbs in
Snoqualmie suggested “either a drake that hasn’t gotten fall/winter plumage
yet, or a dark female”. John also stated the “dark cap on the head and dark
eye line, plus the piece of green speculum bordered by buff” also fit the
Green-winged. M. M. Swain in San Antonio also voted for a “dark-headed
Green-winged Teal” and referred to the speculum pattern in the Teal shown
.jpg"http://content.ornith.cornell.edu/UEWebApp/images/WLN 123003 100040
L.jpg. Mary Frances Mathis in Kirkland also referred to the “green speculum
with a buffy-gold bar and also a buffy streak on the rear”. And, finally,
Matt Dufort said the “leg and bill color” rule out a Black Duck, as do the
lack of contrast between the head and the rest of the body.

What a delightful bunch of responses. Many thanks to all.

Wood (male)

– 36th Avenue, Seattle (Madrona)

fbwood at u.washington.edu


From: Gene Gudger [mailto:ggudger at comcast.net]
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 7:41 AM
To: fbwood at u.washington.edu
Subject: American Black Duck


I did some exploring and have a web posting for the duck in question if this
will help. Please see:

/gudger/248251727/HYPERLINK "http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudger/248251727/"

Gene Gudger

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