False alarm on suspected Garganeys
- I received a few replies from birders who say the
birds are molting Green-winged Teal, based on the pale
lateral undertail coverts, and (disappointingly!)I
concur. Here are the responses:
"I just looked at your photos and think the birds are
Green-winged Teal. Any time you see birds that have
those rear "headlights" near the undertail it = GWTE.
We've had a couple of instances with birds like that
up here in Humboldt being mistaken for Garganey. Wish
I could say otherwise!! Hope one day one actually
shows up in LAKE. Take care."
"I think that these are molting Green-winged Teal. I
spend a great deal of time looking for Garganey here
in TX, and every year I find a couple of GWTE that
have VERY Garganey-like face patterns. Note the
contrastingly white lateral undertail coverts - a real
giveaway for GWTE."
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake County