Date: 2/4/18 10:30 am
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Tufted Duck on Bulls not seen today
I'm obviously not one of the reviewers, but considering the bird is:
1) An ABA rarity (Code 3)
2) A state first
3) A Carolinas second (only other record is the 2009 Winston-Salem bird, as
I'm sure many of you know)
4) From a species well known to hybridize with several other species
(Tufted x Scaup, in particular, can be a hard ID)
I think that perhaps a little time might bode well for accuracy purposes
(not saying I don't believe that this bird in particular is indeed a Tufted
Duck. David is a great birder for finding this bird!). Not to mention the
other birds throughout the state needing to be reviewed. It's a tough
job! Kudos to em.

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...>

> Question to you South Carolina folks: Why has the record of Tufted Duck,
> with 10 excellent and confirming photographs on the eBird report, not yet
> been accepted by eBird -- yet all of the other Bulls Island rare birds for
> the same day (Feb. 2) and yesterday have been accepted? This has been done
> intentionally, but why? If I were the observers/photographers .....
> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh
> On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 8:59 PM, David McLean <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
>> Sat 3 Feb 2018
>> All,
>> I was back on Bulls Island today on a field trip with the Charleston
>> Natural History Society. Along with a few other birders chasing the Tufted
>> Duck reported from Jack's Creek yesterday, we had numerous scopes looking
>> for the one Tufted Duck among a raft of 1600 Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks
>> but came up empty. I feel that we had a better than even chance of seeing
>> the Tufted Duck had it been there in that large raft.
>> When we were watching the Tufted Duck yesterday, Friday, it behaved as
>> though it was right at home. It was resting among many other ducks, was
>> interacting with those others as though it was just another Lesser Scaup,
>> and appeared well settled. Jack's is a big impoundment with many large open
>> areas that the LESC seem to favor, and we were unable to look into most of
>> those other areas today. The Tufted Duck could have easily been in another
>> area of Jack's. Hopefully if will be re-sighted by others in the next few
>> days.
>> Regards,
>> David McLean
>> Charleston, SC
>> --
>> David C. McLean, Jr.
>> DCMcLean AT gmail DOT com

Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page < >

Join us on Facebook!