Kern County Cape Shelduck
- A hunter near Bakersfield bagged a Cape Shelduck yesterday as it flew out of
an irrigation ditch. It's now at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural
History, and I uploaded an image of it to the Calbirds website. While
there's no doubt regarding the identity of the bird, it's source is more
problematical. The bird had fresh plumage, no bands, and no signs of
feather or soft part abrasion, so it's been out on its own for a while. Is
this a common species among waterfowl fanciers? Are they often seen in the
wild? It must have come from some collection/zoo, as there's no evidence
the species could fly from South Africa to California. If anyone has any
information regarding possible sources, please share your knowledge.
- There was a Shelduck at Moran State Park in Sonoma County for a while a few
years ago, they seem to turn up from time to time. Chances of natural
origin are from slim to none.