Date: 8/23/20 5:09 pm
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
Thanks! That also explains the bill shape.

All the best,

Haninah

On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 8:07 PM Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

> The pale one is a hybrid with domestic duck. The head pattern is typical
> of mongrel duck. And with that mix up of genes , where the overall
> whiteness comes from, who knows?
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> Kurt Schwarz
> Howard County
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> On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 8:02 PM Haninah Levine <haninah...> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> My friend asked for help IDing these two large ducks he spotted on the
>> Alexandria waterfront. The darker one seems to be a male Mallard in molt,
>> but the pale one has me stumped. The pale breast and dark head recall a
>> male Northern pintail, presumably halfway to eclipse, but the time of year
>> is wrong for a pintail in the DC area. I also considered a feral Muscovy
>> duck, but the pink around the face is missing. Occam’s razor seems to
>> suggest a female Mallard in some sort of atypical molt. Thoughts?
>>
>> Thanks,
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>> Haninah
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