A small group met this morning at Fernhill Wetlands, ostensibly looking for shorebirds. We did see Killdeer, LB Dowitchers, Western, Least , and Spotted Sandpipers, and lots of other great birds. Nothing terribly unexpected. “Lousy with Green Heron” was one comment I overheard. 😊
I’m writing less to give a trip report than to ask the duck experts to look at the two pics I posted of what we decided were Blue-winged Teal. Small juveniles, fairly nondescript. Several birders caucused near the treatment ponds, poring over the Sibley book and app and the iBird app as these ducks sifted through the green algae, Were we right? If not, what are these? And why? I have more pics, but none better, sorry.