Of the three phalaropes present at the Gatesburg Rd flooded field a bit ago, one is larger and brighter than the others and clearly seems to be a female. One is smaller and drabber and clearly to be a male. One is intermediate in size and color, and I was inclined toward it being a brighter female. Do others agree?
Phalaropes are unique in that sexual coloration/size is reversed from the usual among most bird species. She lays the eggs and then leaves and he raises the young.
On Sat, May 19, 2018 at 3:49 PM, Jon Kauffman <jvk5019...> wrote:
> Hello all, > > While driving back from Lowe's just a few minutes ago, I had a Red-necked > Phalarope in a flooded field on Gatesburg Rd. Its a female in breeding > plumage. > > Parking is limited so please be safe. > > Be well, > Jon >