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Itsed65
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Jan 22, 2013 22:29 |  #1

Among all the shovelers, mallards, teals, and thousands of coots, I caught this pair swimming in the marsh at the Sacramento NWR near Williams California the other day. I have looked through all my guides, but I'm darned if I can figure out what it is. Maybe a juvenile of something?
Any help much appreciated, thanks!

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Jan 22, 2013 22:31 |  #2

Looks like a gadwall to me. If they flew were their feet yellow? Pretty ducks.
Edit-I guess I was wrong. Just looked up gadwalls, not quite right. Looking at the feathers across the back, maybe a pintail hybrid?




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Jan 22, 2013 22:45 |  #3

I would guess it's a female Northern Pintail.




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Jan 22, 2013 23:35 |  #4

Gadwall b/c of black butt.


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Jan 23, 2013 01:35 |  #5

Definitely Gadwalls. They're quite handsome when you get close enough to see the fine detail.


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Jan 23, 2013 09:29 |  #6

Thanks guys. We don't see a lot of these out west.


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Jan 23, 2013 19:29 |  #7

Itsed65 wrote in post #15523934external link
Thanks guys. We don't see a lot of these out west.

Actually, you do. They are a Western resident during winter. You're just not looking in the right places :)


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