Date: 2/26/17 2:56 pm
From: Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...>
Subject: Re: Mallard x Mottled Duck - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Marty (and others), The bird at Wrightsville certainly does not look like a "pure" Mottled, so the eBird entry has been changed to a mallard x mottled duck hybrid. Thanks for the input and great article. - Sam

Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC

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From: "Marty Wall" (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
To: "<carolinabirds...>" <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Mottled Duck - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:03:41 -0500


I have been curious about Motted Ducks as well. I read the article on Mottled Duck Hybridization by Tony Leukering and Bill Pranty available here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_content_ebird_wp-2Dcontent_uploads_sites_55_eBird-5FMuddled-5FDucks.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=7lUA6MZzgcoZMkv4W45p8xDLZj88QCtZ1OSXM3gRy5I&s=kbXoNlVr3OyCfNcHB3HJBvDrY5duWTr_CfQz3dJvI9k&e= . I photographed a duck in Beaufort on January 14 that had several Mottled Duck traits, but had the streaky cheeks mentioned as a hybrid trait. I have uploaded a photo to the Carolina Bird Club Gallery as unidentified (so it isn't showing up yet) and have also included one in my eBird report linked below. https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S33654955&d=DwIF-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=7lUA6MZzgcoZMkv
4W45p8xDLZj88QCtZ1OSXM3gRy5I&s=hckqOnW6lygCjZcERj8JUf3WmmF57id33HXaMscS-so&e= How often do pure Mottled Ducks show up in our area? Where are the closest ducks that "fit the bill?" Marty WallBeaufort & Eden, NC
On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:32 AM, Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...> wrote:
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 (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S34783228&d=DwIF-g&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=QsriHQ3SXzfUrxHNACkYg5UZBRtAAAvtGjnD_cguEOY&s=hArI5Dct0Jc3UHGwdzZkqfkNz-vZFuNIsdi0lO5MTXI&e= ) 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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