Date: 3/13/18 9:26 am From: kevygudguy via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Subject: [cobirds] Interesting Variations of Common Birds at the Monte Vista Crane Festival, Rio Grande County - Plus Tidbits
Hello Fellow Birders,
Saw a few interesting variants during the MVCF this past weekend:
- A melanisitic Lesser Sand Hill Crane whose neck and head feathers looked 'terrible'. Speculation was that it might have feather lice.
- A white-headed Redhead duck. This year-old female was a real trick to identify; my companion and I finally pegged her as a partially leucistic female Redhead because she was in the company of a standard male Redhead and her body feathers were consistent with a female Redhead. But how, you might ask, did we know she was a year-old bird? Well, when I described her to a USFWS person who works on the Refuge he said he'd banded a juvenile female Redhead with a white head last year!
- A Cinammon/Blue-winged Teal hybrid was seen and photographed by several people (not me, I just saw the photos).
- There were still all three species of Rosy-finches at the Hochstettler property.
- Lots of Mountain Bluebirds moving through.
- A paucity of raptor species, but lots of Red-tailed Hawks and Great-horned Owls. One Prairie Falcon, one Bald Eagle, One Rough-legged Hawk, a couple of American Kestrels. I saw no Ferruginous Hawks, Merlins, Peregrines or Golden eagles - all species I've seen there in past years.
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