Some good photos of this duck would be helpful. In recent weeks it has been reported as a Lesser Scaup and a Ring-necked Duck. eBird checklists have included mostly unhelpful images so reviewers really can't tell what it is and we've accepted the claim of Ring-necked Duck so far. A hybrid is a possibility but nothing is clear from the photos seen so far. Because the bird is approachable better photos are probably not too much trouble so if you find yourself at the Bird refuge please try to get some showing different angles, in good lighting, etc.
On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 1:57 PM Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> wrote:
> A Redhead x Lesser Scaup would be very interesting as such a hybrid is > considered hypothetical (but not proven) in the wild. (They do exist in > captivity, so it is known how they are supposed to look). Photos please. > > Wim > > On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 1:31 PM Ron Hirst <ronhirst...> wrote: > >> Pretty easy to see from 3rd view platform along with a Avocet. Eared >> Grebes (12) have arrived. Possible hybrid (m) Redhead + Lesser Scaup. >> Crisp plumage, head is rufousy - no green or purple tinge, yellow eye, bill >> with indistinct ring, ruffled top of head, dark breast and mottled sides. I >> thought it was a L.scaup last week and now I'm not so sure. >> Ron Hirst, Sb >> >> > -- > Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA) > SBCO #387: Curlew Sandpiper > > >