Re: [Mendobirds] Some New Plumage on LTDU
- I saw him yesterday for the first time, and am glad to have this
confirmation of his changed plumage. I'd been expecting a long tail,
for one thing. Now I know that I was definitely looking at the right
When I first saw him he was sitting on a log on the east side of the
bridge toward the south side of the river with 2-3 mergansers on each
side of him. As I watched a new merganser arrived and "bumped" him off
On Jul 24, 2006, at 11:58 AM, Karen Havlena wrote:
> Hi -- The Long-tailed Duck is changing in appearance from just
> two weeks ago. He is growing new feathers on the scapulars,
> crown, auriculars, face and breast. His face has changed from
> "winter" male to "spring" male, with the crown, nape and side of
> the neck now mostly black. Up until very recently, the crown
> was white and the face was generally dark. See Sibley for
> The scapulars and mantle are now black and brown, but the
> main, flight feathers are still very worn. The breast is still
> mostly white with blotchy blackish spotting. The tail is short.
> I saw him fly about 3 or 4 feet from the sandbar to the water.
> Then, he swam to the next sandbar and ran on the sand,
> flapping his wings, but he did not take off.
> Karen Havlena
> Ten Mile area north of Fort Bragg
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