Date: 11/12/20 2:50 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
I retract my female Scaup species ID. I was checking out Peterson's guide
(4th ed. 1980, p. 59) and swapped the female RNDU's image with that of the
Scaup below it. Possible incidence of pictorial dyslexia for my medical

Jim S

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 4:14 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:

> Here is another shot, this one a digiscope, that shows both male and
> female of both Scaups and Ring-necked, so some comparisons can be seen.
> There is a female Ring-necked at about top-center, with a male Ring-necked
> in the middle, and a female Scaup at the bottom-center, with a male Scaup
> to the right of her. Sorry it is so blurry. I did not get any better DSLR
> shots of the female Ring-necked besides the one I already posted with the
> male in-focus.
> Steve Long
> On 11/12/2020 3:47 PM, Marcia Watson wrote:
> I agree with Kurt about the female.
> Marcia
> ------------
> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> Maryland Ornithological Society
> Friends of Patuxent
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marshwren50...>
> On Nov 12, 2020, at 3:19 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
> <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
> That hen is a Ring-necked. Note eye ring and bill pattern.
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 2:50 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> wrote:
>> The first pic (0587) appears to show a Scaup species female alongside a
>> male Ring-necked duck. All the other images seem good for male RNDUs.
>> Jim S
>> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 2:23 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...>
>> wrote:
>> The winter ducks finally arrived in our cove several days ago. Mostly
>> Ruddy Ducks with some Buffleheads among them, and then some Scaup.
>> Then, yesterday morning, I noticed some of those "Scaups" had lot of
>> white on their bills and darker backs. So, I pulled out the 60x scope
>> and they looked to me like Ring-necked Ducks, EXCEPT for the head shape
>> shown in Sibley's drawings.
>> They stayed toward the other shore of the cove, about 400' away
>> The Scaups and Ring-necked-maybes were mixing together, yesterday, but,
>> this morning they seemed to have separated, with the Scaups coming right
>> over to my side, while the ones I was really hoping to see better stayed
>> over on the other side (of course). But, they were acting like
>> different groups, today.
>> Steve Long, near Oxford

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