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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.
Lady Tiff

Ducks & Sandpipers - help

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I got this bird in February this year, in FL.  A photographer next to me told me it was a Mottled Duck and I took their word for it at the time, but I was just going back through my photos and I think this might be a Northern Shoveler.  


This picture is from a few weeks ago, in FL.  I think it's a Mottled Duck.  But I'm not sure if the neck coloring is the main way to discern between a Mottled and Female Mallard, any advice? 



These two were taken yesterday, FL.  Not positive on them... 

Spotted Sandpiper: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jnqZIUHSxeRQZIIw2

Least Sandpiper: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LuvDboB6ooj8Abfy1

Lesser Yellowlegs: https://photos.app.goo.gl/T7PVYSl5VoCsCEbf1

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.Number two is a male mottle duck. The sharp change of color at the neckline is a good indicator of a mottled duck because the female Mallard body is more tan and the Mottled duck more of a dusky brown. Just like Mallards in eclipse plumage the yellow bill lets you know it's a male. In both Mallard and Mottled ducks the males have yellow bills and the females have orange bills with black splotches.

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