Date: 2/19/18 9:24 am From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 2/8 Jenney Pond - odd Mallard - consensus
Thanks for everyone's comments on the odd Mallard I posted from Jenney Pond. The verdict is solidly in favor of it being just what it looked like - a Mallard with rusty sides. While several people wondered about hybrids as I did, the lack of any other Wigeon or Shoveler characteristics other than the flank pigmentation led most to the non-hybrid verdict. No one volunteered a rationale for how it happens to look that way - especially so symmetrically - i.e., not a stain, etc. So this one goes onto my "head-scratchers" list. Thanks for the feedback.