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American Anhinga at Ramer Lake

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  • Kimball Garrett
    CalBirders: Since none of the posts to CalBirds have expanded on the identity of the anhinga at Ramer Lake, Imperial Co., there has been some concern expressed
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 7, 2003
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      CalBirders:

      Since none of the posts to CalBirds have expanded on the identity of the
      anhinga at Ramer Lake, Imperial Co., there has been some concern expressed
      that the bird might actually be an escaped African Darter, since a bird of
      that species was at Ramer Lake a year or two ago (and such birds have been
      recorded elsewhere in California/Baja California).

      I would like to point out that the bird is a very obvious adult male
      American Anhinga, with the Old World darter species easily ruled out by a
      number of plumage characters (including the entirely black head and neck
      lacking any pale stripes or rufous coloration, as well as the obvious blue
      orbital ring). It is either coincidence that the American Anhinga and
      escaped darter were found at the same location, or a testament to the
      appropriateness of the habitat for birds of this sort, or an indication
      that some crazed anhinga/darter keeper in this area has a penchant for
      losing his/her pets.

      Kimball

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      Kimball L. Garrett
      Ornithology Collections Manager
      Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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      Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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