Date: 12/30/18 4:13 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: F.O.F. Marmet Locks: Mandarin Duck
Rich, Mike, and everyone,

Mandarin Ducks are not native to the U.S. and are normally only found in
zoos and waterfowl collections. Occasionally, however, 1 or 2 may escape
and become feral. Because these are not part of the native avifauna of the
U.S. they are not accepted as valid wild birds by eBird, except in Florida,
California, and a few other places where there are long-established wild
populations. The American Birding Association very conservative and
stringent guidelines on when such exotic birds are considered established,
at, may
be helpful. The West Virginia birds, obviously, do not come close to
meeting those guidelines.

Mandarin Ducks do indeed hybridize with Wood Ducks, and eBird does now
include that option for reporting, so Rich, you might want to go back and
change the dabbling duck sp. on your checklist accordingly. Apparently, they
may also hybridize with other species as well: Rich's checklist shows a female with a huge bill
and a head profile not characteristic of either Wood Ducks or Mandarin
Ducks. Although those checklists do not list Mallards--wild or the white
domestic types--I suspect that species may be part of the bird's ancestry
since that would normally be the only other breeding species present in the
area in summers.


On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 12:01 AM Richard Gregg <greggra...>

> First Of Forever sighting (;>)
> Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:50 PM, Marmet Locks.
> Mandarin Duck (1M/1F)
> See photos on checklist.
> <
> I had a hybrid Wood/Mandarin Duck some time ago about 3-miles from this
> sighting. Maybe there's something going on we don't understand? Two weird
> sighting fairly close together?
> <
> Also, look at this female with a bunch of ducklings at the Marmet Locks. I
> labeled as a Wood Duck but doesn't it look strange for a Wood Duck? I just
> "assumed" it was a normal aberration but could it have been a Wood/Mandarin
> hybrid?
> <
> As always, comments appreciated!
> Rick Gregg
> Kanawha Co., WV

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
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