No one responded to my query last week regarding this. After my post on the 5th, I did find an ebird report stating they saw white undertail coverts. I think that locks it in as a female. Would still love to hear why folks are calling this a male.
The bird seems to like to stay far from photographers. If it just entered its second year, a good view would show worn juvie feathers if it is a male that seems to be in a very late molt cycle, if I am reading things right.
I get confused why Pyle describes Juv-HY/SY birds Oct-Sep, then in next section describes AHY/ASY birds, not sure why the AHY is in that section, seems to be covered by the SY in first section. Those with the book might feel my pain, those without delete or ignore this. I understand the first section covers birds in their first cycle, the next is later cycles, but not sure why he would need to throw the AHY part in there. Anyway, I think Pyle says the males should be getting increasingly purple, black and whitish after November. Reeber seems to say a SY male in March should be looking like a full on adult except for a few juvie feathers and would be in a formative plumage?.
I need a sunny day. Hope to bird the beach tomorrow.
On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 12:45 PM, Jesse Laney <jessealaney...> wrote:
> Great question, Alan. I observed what appeared to be slightly light > (gray-ish) colored sides on the bird when it was at the surface > between dives, however the distance was substantial and it was > constantly diving. None of my photos through the scope are helpful > either. We also did not notice any white at the base of the bill, but > from what I understand females don't always show white. I thought > immature male was the general consensus, so I'm open to hearing the > thoughts of experts! > > Cheers, > > - Jesse A. Laney > Corvallis, OR > > On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM, Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> > wrote: > > So is this quacker an imm. male or a female? Experienced observers seem > to disagree. > > > > Alan Contreras > > Eugene, Oregon > > > > <acontrer56...> > > > > Sent from my iPhone > > > > > > > >> On Mar 11, 2017, at 12:23 PM, Jesse Laney <jessealaney...> > wrote: > >> > >> A group of 8 OSU Bird Nerds and a couple of folks from Willamette > >> University located the Tufted Duck this morning at Ankeny NWR's > >> Pintail Marsh. It was diving constantly at the far end of the marsh, > >> so spotting scopes were a necessity. Immature male, resembling female > >> LESC with no white at base of bill. Brownish overall, slightly lighter > >> colored sides. Diving frequently at far end of the marsh. Other > >> highlights included lots of Tree Swallows and Violet-green Swallow, > >> Dunlin, and Lincoln's Sparrow. > >> > >> - Jesse A. Laney > >> Corvallis, OR > >> POST: Send your post to <obol...> > >> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol > >> OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol > >> Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...> > >> > POST: Send your post to <obol...> > JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol > OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol > Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...> > >