[Tweeters] Possible Mallard X Teal Hybrid at Canyon Park North of Bothell, Snohomish County

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sun Aug 13 16:21:45 PDT 2017


Looks like an ordinary drake Mallard molting out of eclipse.



Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-459-4005
360-791-7702 (C)
ucd880 at comcast.net

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Hello Tweeters!

More birding news from the wonderful wetlands of the north Bothell office parks!

I was out Friday morning birding at the Canyon Park wetlands in south Snohomish County, abutting 228th Street SE to the south and the Bothell-Everett Highway to the west.

The smoke was still hanging in the air, but dissipating. I set out at about 6:30 a.m. to bird the area, which is made up of waterlogged wetlands to the north and grassy reaches dotted with stands of trees to the south. The two areas are split in two by a wonderfully maintained asphalt walking and biking path. Keep an eye out for bicyclists if you go!

I walked a leisurely pace along the path, spotting belted kingfishers over the water, cedar waxwings, goldfinches and sparrows darting from tree to tree and at least three willow flycatchers sending their sneeze-like fitz-bew out over the landscape.

As a I rounded a curve in the path, I came across at least 30 mallard-looking ducks sitting on the asphalt. The air still had a chill in it, so I could only guess they were soaking up the absorbed heat from the path to keep warm. I saw mostly males with eclipse plumage, with some domestics thrown in for good measure.

The ducks allowed me to get surprisingly close, allowing me a good look at an oddly colored member of their gathering. It had a decidedly teal-like head and associated coloring, but a mallard body beneath.

I asked around with some birding friends and submitted a photo to the ABA's What's This Bird Facebook page. With this input gathered, I'm pretty confident in saying I spotted a mallard X green-winged teal hybrid. Here's my checklist, which includes some photos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38587297

eBird tells me this is rare, hence my desire to share the find with all of you. If this turns out to be not that big of deal, still make a point to check out the Canyon Park wetlands. Like the other spots I bird in the North Creek area of Bothell, it's quite the hidden gem.

Keep watching the skies!

Jeremy Schwartz
Lake Forest Park
jschwartz1124 at gmail dot com

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