Sorry, my photo was too large so didn't go through. I've loaded it on to my
eBird report so now should be visible.
On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 8:01 AM Nels Nelson <nelsnelson7...> wrote:
> This Wood Duck yesterday at Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton
> was hanging out at a park with lots of people. He is certainly a raggety
> looking specimen.
> Nels Nelson
> On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 6:50 AM <whoffman...> wrote:
>> Definitely molting. Most of our waterfowl have a summer molt and a
>> fall/winter/spring molt.
>> It makes sense to compare body (contour) feathers to shingles on a wall
>> or roof. They overlap extensively, and a relatively small part of each is
>> exposed. Compare a bird molting some of these to a wall or roof with some
>> shingles missing (unfortunately the shingles won't grow back). This
>> results in exposure of normally covered parts of the feathers/shingles
>> under the missing ones. The pale-looking feathers on the Wood Duck flanks
>> look that way because normally hidden sections of them are exposed.
>> Feathers tend to wear and sometimes bleach with age, and often get ragged
>> tips or margins. Ingrowing fresh feathers have much cleaner margins and
>> tips, and often brighter pigmentation. In the Wood Duck photo, one feather
>> high on the right side is brighter blue and appears larger than the
>> surrounding ones. This is a newly-grown feather, with unbleached color and
>> unworn edges. It looks bigger because the feathers that normally cover
>> most of it have molted and have not yet grown back.
>> If you learn to recognize these features of plumage, recognition that a
>> bird is molting can become almost automatic.
>> *From: *"<baro...>" <baro...>
>> *To: *"jonathan" <jonathan...>
>> *Cc: *"obol" <obol...>
>> *Sent: *Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:57:14 AM
>> *Subject: *[obol] Re: Wood Duck question
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S70017091#_ga=2.154951728.964915143.1593154882-824734375.1590261844 >>
>> amazingly few photos in the Macaulay Library of Wood Duck molting.
>> Especially given that they hang out at parks with lots of people.
>> Bob OBrien Carver OR
>> On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 10:09 PM <jonathan...> wrote:
>>> Anyone have a diagnosis of what is up with this Wood Duck? (stretching
>>> his wing).
>>> Not sure if he is leucistic, molting, a hybrid, or a juvenile… maybe
>>> some combination of those?
>>> http://phlumf.com/index.php/nggallery/the-willamette-valley/Hillboro?page_id=414#foobox-1/13/Wood-Duck-001.jpg >>>