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#1 Outsider

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

I would like to know the the proper name of duck. I am just getting into bird and duck identification, I have photos and verifying correct names. Thanks,[attachment=103119:DSC_0942 (640x426).jpg] This was in a pond this winter NE Pa,

#2 IvoryBillHope

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

Female Mallard.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

This is a female Mallard. The white borders on the blue speculum (that's the brightly colored part of a duck's wing, on the secondary feathers) and the orange bill with a dark saddle are good things to look for.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

And the dark patch on the bill says female, also.

Oops... see PSweet covered that:) And with better language, no less:)

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#5 Outsider

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

Female Mallard.

I thought brown duck that is how good my book helps me Thanks

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:20 PM

And the dark patch on the bill says female, also.

Oops... see PSweet covered that:) And with better language, no less:)

Thanks I thought brown duck by my guide

#7 Outsider

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:22 PM

This is a female Mallard. The white borders on the blue speculum (that's the brightly colored part of a duck's wing, on the secondary feathers) and the orange bill with a dark saddle are good things to look for.

I appreciate that should have been simple but I thought brown by guide

#8 Cavan Wood

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

Thanks I thought brown duck by my guide


What guide are you using? May I suggest an early birthday/anniversary/easter/weekend present in the form of a new guide.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:30 PM

I'd recommend the Sibley's Guide to Birds, it's a bit large, but has excellent drawings and clear labels.

There are 976 species on the ABA list. Looks like I've got a lot of birding to do....

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ABA area: 637
Latest ABA lifers: Rhinoceros Auklet, Pacific Golden Plover, Olive-backed Pipit, Rufous-backed Robin Least Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet, White-eared Hummingbird, Ruff, Black-vented Shearwater, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Sinaloa Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Greater Sage-Grouse, Harris Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Red-throated Pipit
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#10 I-Bird...U-Bird?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:46 AM

And...I can carry Sibley's around on my smartphone! :lol:
OK - I've gotten sorta serious about this, now...I have probably seen many of these birds at one point in my lifetime before this, but I have definitely never taken the time to record them...so...here goes!

2014 Lifers:
114-117 01-11 Ring-billed Gull, Savannah Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher
118-120 01-12 Greater Scaup, Northern Harrier, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
121-127 01-26 Red-breasted Merganser, Piping Plover, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Forster's Tern, Black Skimmer
128 01-29 Black-and-white Warbler
129 02-01 Lesser Yellowlegs
130-131 02-04 Horned Grebe, Bonaparte's Gull
132 02-08 Great Black-backed Gull


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