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I'm not sure I buy a Mallard x Gadwall cross (Brewer's Duck) other than a
superficial head pattern resemblance to the photo I found through a Google
search.  Where does the green speculum come from?  The wing certainly looks
like a Green-winged Teal to me.  Maybe an American/Eurasian hybrid?
http://thebirdguide.com/identification/Eurasian_Teal/teal_hybrid.htm  The
only thing that bothers me is Doug's description of size, although in a
couple of photos he doesn't look so out of proportion.  The only ones where
he really looks bigger than a Blue-winged is when he is behind the other
birds.

 

Interesting bird, no matter what he is.

 

Ann Johnson

Norwalk, IA

 

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
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Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2010 1:27 PM
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I agree with Sebastian Patti's alert ID of Brewer's Duck.

 

A beautiful bird, another nice find for Doug Willis.

Great documenting pics.

 

Bill Rudden

St. Louis MO

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From: Doug Willis <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Interesting Teal @ Squaw Creek NWR
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Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10:58 PM

Hello All:

I observed a very interesting teal this evening at Squaw Creek NWR, Holt
County MO. The bird shows many characteristics of Eurasian Green-winged
Teal, but I am hesitant to make a call due to lack of experience with this
species and difficulty finding pertinent literature regarding 1st year birds
in this group (Eurasian vs. American Green-winged Teal).  Anyway, here is
the link and all feedback appreciated, as always: 

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36294041@N03/sets/72157623764584098/

 

This was the best I could do with my point & shoot digiscope rig. Never got
a shot of the underwing. The bird associated with Blue-winged Teals the
entire time and was noticeably larger than all nearby Blue-winged Teals. I
observed the bird vocalizing frequently, giving a raspy, nasally "wheeeemp"
(in a quacking kind of way). The vocalization sounded sort of snipe-like,
but quieter.

I'll have a full-blown post of the days goodies after I struggle through the
species accounts in my Pyle guide...

Good Birding!

Doug Willis

Liberty, MO

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