Date: 3/9/17 6:50 pm From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasian Teal
Acting on a message from Jim Miles about Ross's Geese still being seen on North Hamlin Road, I arrived relieved to see that they were still present and NOT mixed in with 1000's of Snow Geese but rather loosely associated with but 6 of their larger cousins as well as large numbers of Canada Geese. Plenty of picture opportunities and a much better look than last week during the Pink-footed Goose excitement. Then Andy Guthrie drove up and (drumroll, surprise, actually not) found yet another special bird, the Eurasian version of our Green-winged Teal, also known as Common Teal by some. The Eurasian Wigeon was also present. Still an impressive total biomass of waterfowl, even without the mega-flock of Snows. Jim and Laurie returned for the second time in the day and were also able to enjoy the teal.
Pat Martin > >North Hamlin Rd. fields, Monroe, New York, US >Mar 9, 2017 4:50 PM - 5:40 PM >Protocol: Stationary >Comments: Most geese and ducks were in the corn field immediately to the west of where the Pink-footed Goose was found last week. So species estimates are more approximate than usual and probably vastly under-counted because so many individuals were hidden in the corn stubble. >16 species (+1 other taxa) > >Snow Goose 6 >Ross's Goose 1 >Canada Goose 2000 estimate >Wood Duck 1 >Eurasian Wigeon 1 Continuing bird, feeding deep in the corn so no opportunity for a photo. Rusty head and neck, creamy forehead, gray sides. Feeding with American Wigeon for comparison. >American Wigeon 30 estimate >American Black Duck 30 estimate >Mallard 200 estimate >Northern Pintail 200 estimate >Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) 1 Gray dabbling duck with chestnut head and green ear patch. This sub-species lacks the vertical bar found on the American race and has a horizontal white flank stripe. >Green-winged Teal (American) 30 estimate >Hooded Merganser 1 in the pond >Ring-billed Gull 500 >Herring Gull 20 >Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 >American Robin 1 >Red-winged Blackbird 11 > >View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35077242 > >This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)