Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Long-tailed Duck

Went down to the Platte again to look for the reported Long-tailed Duck. Found it this time. Female. Not an especially colorful bird, but very interesting and a lifer for me. Also saw the odd hybrid again. People have been speculating on what it might be. I wonder if maybe it's not a cross between a Northern Pintail and a Eurasian Wigeon. Just a thought. Perhaps it's just a maturing male with those odd cheek patches.