Date: 2/26/17 3:31 pm
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Mottled Duck - Wrightsville Beach, NC
I've published Marty's photo as a Mallard/Mottled Duck.

Kent Fiala

On 2/26/2017 2:03 PM, Marty Wall (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> 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=DwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=05OtuCHcAPNtpHjjj4_pcl2G3jbKPvY4WGpKAvc5smo&s=ev-HlqVztwscQbLER6WhbUyUVAz53i2zJxJQPe0ySKg&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_content_ebird_wp-2Dcontent_uploads_sites_55_eBird-5FMuddled-5FDucks.pdf&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=jaYfgFryfsRflEB3y01LYhM_7TaxrhoFxkmL5q5SpR0&s=yp-Qofs-KqMNfB47hLJqmKtWACvMmHQx8HZiV8zird4&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.
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S33654955&d=DwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=05OtuCHcAPNtpHjjj4_pcl2G3jbKPvY4WGpKAvc5smo&s=qkMyiwNYfdWCF_WyyWxUR62LJj7gukPBa_DLLdD8ekA&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ebird.org_ebird_view_checklist_S33654955&d=DwMFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=jaYfgFryfsRflEB3y01LYhM_7TaxrhoFxkmL5q5SpR0&s=Ja8ZFnUmeX6ZDNLneO5y27csrR8L3AIpQ5k9f_joylA&e=>
>
> How often do pure Mottled Ducks show up in our area? Where are the closest ducks that "fit the bill?"
>
> Marty Wall
> Beaufort & Eden, NC
>
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 11:32 AM, Sam Cooper <dmcooper2...> <mailto:<dmcooper2...>> wrote:
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> 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=
> <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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> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: "Sam Cooper" <dmcooper2...> <mailto:<dmcooper2...>>
> To: <carolinabirds...> <mailto:<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).
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> Sam Cooper
> Wilmington, NC
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