Date: 1/29/18 5:59 pm
From: Jacob Mathison <jacobmathison1...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Duck ID Help
That thing's giant! Paradise Shelduck? Mallard on steroids?? Mallard x
Egyptian Goose???

Jacob Mathison

"If you keep a green tree in your heart, perhaps a singing bird will
come." ~Chinese Proverb

On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 5:40 PM, Megan Cash <mlcash7...> wrote:

> So, My dad and I were birding the pond at Canby Community Park this
> afternoon around 3:00pm. Now, normally my dad and I are pretty decent at
> ID-ing birds. But this one threw us for a loop. My first thought was a
> really awkward Mallard, and it may yet still be. It was completely brown,
> with it's head a darker brown (sometimes slightly purplish in the right
> light) and a green-gray wing patch. The distribution of the colors seems
> closely consistent with a Mallard, with the head being very dark, a brown
> chest with a slight white neck ring in between the two (though not complete
> on this bird), the wing patch and a darker rear-end. It's bill also screams
> "Duck" to me despite it being a dark grey - sometimes blue-ish - and it's
> legs are dark orange.
> That being said, maybe it's a Mallard that just has a really awkward
> coloring the likes of which I've never seen, but it's size was a bit
> ridiculous. It was at least half again as big as the Mallards around it,
> almost a decent Cackling Goose size, especially when standing. For some
> reason when I look at it, the head screams "Duck" but the body screams
> "Goose". I guess it's quite possible for it to simply be an abnormally
> large, for lack of a better term "dark-morph" Mallard. Maybe this bird has
> been seen around and nobody really reported anything about it because they
> clearly knew what it was and didn't think it particularly interesting, but
> this bird just has me so insanely confused. Fortunately, I got quite a few
> decent pictures, but I would appreciate a little help. Please.
> Here's the link to my pictures on Flickr if anyone wants to see them, or
> use them to help ID:
> --
> -Megan Cash
> Newberg, OR

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