Date: 2/28/17 12:01 pm From: Hal Michael <ucd880...> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Blue-winged teal or?
I would suggest looking at pictures, properly scaled, of the species in question. A Scaup is just bigger, with a bigger bill. A teal bill is fairly "dainty" compared to a scaup.
Hal Michael Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation Olympia WA 360-459-4005 360-791-7702 (C) <ucd880...>
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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