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      Whatbird Forums Rules   01/08/17

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Imperial Beach, San Diego County, CA. It's a great area for rare shorebirds.

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I had an Anna's x Costa's Hummingbird in my yard about 30 minutes ago. I'll post pictures soon.

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Wow, how was that bird identified? Parents must have been a strange pair.

 

 

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This bird was first seen in 2009 in San Diego area, and it caused quite a stir in the local community.  The initial ID was of a possible Great Knot, which would indeed be a great bird.  After discussion, and birding powers eventually decided on Surfbird x Great Knot.  I guess there is also thought that it may be a Surfbird x Red Knot.  I saw this bird in 2012 in Imperial Beach (San Diego area).  It was presumed to be the same bird as in 2009.

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Here's my Anna's x Costa's Hummingbird. Out of focus pictures, but I think they're good enough to ID it!

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Why do you think it's a hybrid? I've often heard this combo reported, but never really understood how it's ID'd.

 

The white throat/upper breast (it's at least whiter than the typical Anna's), and the long edges of the gorget suggest Costa's. The gorget is mostly the color of an Anna's, but there are a few feathers that have a Costa's color. I think it looks like a perfect in between... I don't have that much experience with Costa's, though.

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Let's see if this thread can be revived. I love hybrids and would love to see more photos of them.

 

Does anybody have pictures of a Blue Jay x Steller's Jay hybrid (my favourite hybrid)?

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That appears to actually be a domestic Mallard.

 

Oh, wow! I just Googled domestic mallards and found one almost exactly the same. I've never seen a domestic one and never realized they looked so different from the wild ones. This one was mixed in with a wild flock -- must be an escapee. Thanks, VancouverBirder!

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This duck was identified as a Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser hybrid, and nearly a year later a Barrow's Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser hybrid popped up in nearly the same spot in Tacoma, quite likely the same bird but not 100% certain. Very cool! The second bird was a Mallard x American Wigeon hybrid at a local pond that turned out to be a one day wonder.

16977135919_5cd563e5cb_k.jpgUnknown Duck in Tacoma_C. Clark_4-15-2015_3 by C. Clark, on Flickr

16106499881_614f7b4229_k.jpgAmerican Wigeon x Mallard Hybrid & Redhead_12-25-2014 by C. Clark, on Flickr

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