Date: 1/8/18 6:12 am
From: Liz Harper <harp0055...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Bird is still present this morning. Liz

On January 7, 2018 11:45:26 PM CST, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
>For those who aren’t on eBird or Facebook, John Zakelj photographed a
>Tufted Duck today (Jan 7) at Colvill Park in Goodhue Co.
>So far its origin (i.e. wild or captive) has not been determined. If it
>is from a farm—and yes, there are farms in Minnesota that have Tufted
>Ducks—it is required by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that there is
>some marking on it that identifies it as not wild. Some websites I
>found mentioned rear toe clipping as a requirement but I couldn’t find
>an official/government website with that stated specifically.
>Anyway, hopefully someone more knowledgeable on captive waterfowl than
>me can contribute. All I did was a quick Google search. And FYI—the two
>other Tufted Duck records for the state (1976 and 2000) were
>unaccepted, probably due to questionable origin. For those trying for
>it, take photos, especially if it is standing with its feet visible.
>Good birding!
>Alyssa DeRubeis
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