RFI: White-cheeked Pintail status
- Jim Stasz and I (visiting birders from
Maryland)stopped at the Penbrooke location at Sheridan
and 172th for the Purple Swamp Hen yesterday. We were
in the park on the SW corner of that intersection when
we found a White-cheeked Pintail on the lake. Now,
considering the number of exotics on the lake we were
of course VERY skeptical of this bird but were
wondering if anyone knew if this is a known exotic or
possibly a valid bird? The bird was not very tame.
What can you tell us?
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- Hi Ed, Jim and SWFLBirdliners,
Welcome to Florida the land of many exotics, both natural and not.
Unfortunately there is an exotic waterfowl collection in Pembroke Pines.
Occasionally, White-cheeked Pintails appear at the Sheridan location. We
have to assume they are derived from that waterfowl collection since Egyptian
Geese and other exotics regularly show up. Because of the free flight status
of so much exotic waterfowl in the state, including White-cheeked Pintails in
the Pensacola area, it is unlikely that the White-cheeked will ever be proven
to occur naturally in Florida in the future.
Even untickable, they are a beautiful addition to a day of birding.
Bruce H. Anderson
Winter Park, FL