hybrid duck in Homer
- Ducks, 'tis the season of ducks. In the last 2 weeks dabbler numbers at Mud Bay, Homer have really built up. Yesterday there were 400-500 there at high-tide. Mostly the usual blend of Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Pintails and American Wigeon.
The most interesting duck there yesterday (10/12) was an unusual blend of Mallard AND Pintail. It looks like a male hybrid between the two and was feeding with a group of Mallards. I've posted a few lousy photos of this duck in the album "Aaron Lang." Most of its field marks were about 50% Mallard and 50% Pintail. For example, the tail was about half the length of a drake Pintail's, but had a bit of a curl to it like a Mallard's. Neat bird. There was also one female NORTHERN SHOVELER in the flock; its starting to get a bit late for this species.
Beluga Lake has a few hundred divers right now--mostly BUFFLEHEAD, GREATER SCAUP and COMMON GOLDENEYE. There are also a few LESSER SCAUP and at least 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS.
Wintering sea ducks are returning to the bay with flocks of LONG-TAILED DUCKS and COMMON MERGANSERS along the spit now and Scoter and Harlequin numbers building. Still looking for the first eiders of the fall. This morning there were safely over 50 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS in lee of the end of the spit.
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