Date: 2/26/17 8:34 am
From: Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...>
Subject: Re: Mottled Duck - Wrightsville Beach, NC
It's been suggested this bird was a hybrid Mottled x Mallard. I can't disagree there are some traits (darker spot at rear of head and recurved tail feathers) suggestive of Mallard lineage. If the traits are not 100% supportive, is that alone enough to list in eBird as a hybrid, or how much confident evidence of a hybrid is needed before listing as such? Interested to hear what those in South Carolina are seeing. Is the bird from Wrightsville Beach ( ) within the range of a typical/pure Mottled, and how common are hybrids in SC (vs. than the dozen or so records in eBird)? Appreciate the input.

Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC

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From: "Sam Cooper" <dmcooper2...>
To: <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Mottled Duck - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:45:15 GMT

In the salt marsh this morning just south of the most northern parking lot with a female mallard near 34.233475, -77.778230. Birds are still around but flew to the south and landed again in the marsh. Posted a few photos in ebird (New Hanover County, NC Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area).

Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC
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