Date: 7/29/20 4:10 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville stilts and other shorebirds, duck ID in question
On Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 8:29 PM Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> wrote:

> Hey I-Birders
>
> Recent shorebird reports from Saylorville Reservoir (Jester Park CG 4)
> drew us there this afternoon. There were many shorebirds on one of the
> mudflats. The light was behind us and we have good scopes, but the birds
> were pretty distant. Shorebirds included LEAST, SEMIPALMATED and PECTORAL
> SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER, DOWITCHER sp, five BLACK-NECKED
> STILTS (including juv.), and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. No sign of Am. Avocet or a
> possible Ruff reported recently. Also of interest were five BLACK TERNS
> and a small group of ducks, mostly MALLARD but one obvious non-Mallard
> which we thought was an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. With heat shimmer it's not
> easy to get great looks at such a distance. It was suggested through eBird
> that MOTTLED DUCK was a possibility for this bird. If anyone gets up there
> on Wednesday, maybe take note of the field marks better than we did and
> thoughts on this forum would be welcome.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Stuart Sparkman
> NW Des Moines
>
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> you Stuart, Here is a photo I took of it yesterday afternoon with a Mallard
> nearby! I'll look for better photos today. Clayton Will, Madrid
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