Les's report of the eclipse male Blue-winged Teal prompts me to follow
through on my thought to query the group (s) about this. I saw birds in
essentially female plumage, but with prominent white crescents in the
face at both Gray Lodge and Sacramento NWR this weekend. Maybe it's
because I don't live where Blue-wings commonly winter, but I had never
seen this plumage this late in the year before. Sibley's guide
indicates males should be in full adult looking plumage by now, also.
Is this just a gap in my experience, or are these birds somewhat
>>> Les Chibana <les@...> 12/09/02 10:21PM >>>
Thanks to all who responded to my RFI for these areas.
My group had a great time this weekend. Saturday's warm weather was
unreal! We had similar sightings as reported by Bruce Deuel from SNWR
and GLWA. The evening fly out at SNWR in the relatively clear Saturday
twilight was incredible.
At SNWR, we had AMERICAN WHITE-PELICANs, a few WHITE-FACED IBIS,
4 blue morph SNOW GEESE, one EURASIAN WIGEON, one eclipse male
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and the adult BALD EAGLE stirring up waterfowl.
TUNDRA SWAN were along Z Road near the Llano Seco Unit, SANDHILL
CRANE were along the Colusa-Gridley Rd. west of Butler Rd.
At the Colusa Refuge, there were at least 4 EURASIAN WIGEON and
several LESSER SCAUP. A birder/hunter mentioned that there was also
a HOODED MERGANSER and a Eurasian race GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the
ponds by the entrance.
As mentioned by several people, the diving duck numbers were low,
indicated in the survey numbers at the SNWR headquarters.
Near the Road 14 (Zamora) exit off Hwy 505, we saw a GOLDEN EAGLE,
a BALD EAGLE, a FERRUGINOUS HAWK and 2 BURROWING OWLs. When
I stopped here on Friday, 12/6/02, I saw a dark morph male and a light
morph female ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a FERRUGINOUS HAWK, a PRAIRIE
FALCON and a MERLIN.
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