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...> wrote:
> 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 >> > >