Date: 2/28/17 12:01 pm
From: Mark Robinson <blobbybirdman...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
I've been misled by Northern Shovelers in transitional molt in the past (I
think this might have already been suggested in the thread).

Here is a good example of a bird that would make me look twice from a
distance, could this match what you saw?

Mark Robinson

On 28 February 2017 at 11:50, Margaret Sandelin <msand47...>

> I have had several replies suggesting I might have seen a female Scaup or
> Barrow's Golden Eye and it was definitely not a Golden Eye- no other bright
> patches of white. I was using Morse, Aversa & Opperman's Birds of the
> Puget Sound Region (it is small, easy to carry). I have just looked in 3
> other field guides and I still think I saw a Blue- winged Teal as the
> crescent was exactly like the one in Birds of the Puget Sound Region - very
> defined, long and arching back in front of the eye. In all the books I
> have the Scaup white behind the bill is thicker and does not arch up around
> the eye to the top of the head. But again, I am only a beginner, it was
> cold so I did not spend much time looking at the bird so I can only say I
> think it was a Teal but unless someone more knowledgeable sees it and can
> confirm we will have to say maybe.
> Margaret Sandelin
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