[Tweeters] Falcated Duck, Padilla Bay
klawitterrichard at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 15 20:01:26 PST 2017
Today at approximately 9:30 AM a friend and I first sighted a male Falcated Duck in among a small group of American Wigeons from the cabins at Bayview State Park. We followed the bird as it drifted further south and at which point it flew further south joining a large mixed group of Mallards, Widgeons, and Pintails. Excellent views of the duck were made in sunlight with calm water and from a distance of 20 yards or more with the striking iridescent green head with central long reddish brown feathers giving the head a unique profile, slender black bill, pale throat, falcated tertials, and grey body all clearly seen. I am not familiar with birding Padilla Bay and do not know if there are any escaped domestic birds in the area. I have never seen this bird before, so the possibility of mistaken identification exists, despite the excellent views. I have photos for verification. The bird was last seen flying into the adjacent field where Trumpeter Swans were feeding at about noon.
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