Black-bellied Whistling Duck
- I just got a call from Caroline Nabeta in Hollister. She reports a
Black-bellied Whistling Duck from the Ridgemark Golf Course today
around noon. She noted the pinkish-reddish bill and the black belly.
The Ridgemark Golf Course is in a private community and access is
through membership/homeownership, so the bird is not chaseable where it
was seen. Unlike the Vermilion Flycatcher that Caroline also found a
few years ago at the same golf course, this duck is on one of the
interior ponds. Access has not yet been addressed.
Not knowing how to evaluate if the bird appeared to have features of
captivity, I could not tell her what to look for. If anyone is aware of
the likelihood of this species being in live collections, has a
propensity to wander, or how one might assess an apparently mobile bird
for signs of captivity, it would be helpful if you would post what you
She will check to see if the bird is still around in the morning and
will let me know.
Hollister is in San Benito County, south of Gilroy, east of San Juan
Les Chibana, Palo Alto
Todd Easterla sent me a note that he, Fritz Steurer, & Lisa Jorgensen saw the bird on Sunday. Not sure of the time. A friend and I will be check for it tomorrow.
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck was sleeping when we (Myself, Lisa and
Fritz) left it at around 10:45AM last Sunday the 27th. The small pond
(drying up slowly) where it was being seen is probably getting too little
for the birds own safety net and has possibly found another spot nearby like
the cattail ponds to the West a couple hundred yards, maybe.
Rancho Cordova, Ca
From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Frances Oliver
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:40 PM
To: Calbirds; Tulare/kings
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Todd Easterla sent me a note that he, Fritz Steurer, & Lisa Jorgensen saw
the bird on Sunday. Not sure of the time. A friend and I will be check for
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]