[CT Birds] New Haven Harbor Female Bufflehead

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 18:02:01 EDT 2012


Keith is likely correct. The bird never flew and only slipped off the perch to swim away when the mallard flock became a little too gregarious. I never saw the other side of the bird well

Mark 

On Aug 7, 2012, at 5:50 PM, kmueller at ntplx.net wrote:

> It looks like this may be the hen Bufflehead that was injured (wing damaged) that has been hanging around in New Haven Harbor since January. Not sure if it is, but the injured bird (probably shot and not recovered during waterfowling season) that I saw on many occaions in the Harbor had a damaged right wing. Looking at the bird in Mark's high quality images appears to have a shreaded right wing; very unlike a waterfowls normal moult which drops its primaries and secondaries. The shreaded and worn wing remiges on this bird doesn't look like a normal wing moult cycle. If the bird ended up flying....please disregard! :^)
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> Keith Mueller    Killingworth
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> Quoting David Tripp Jr <dtrippjr at comcast.net>:
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>> For those following the female Bufflehead;  The Raven Lunatics had her on May 21st during our Big Day, scouted by Frank Gallo a few days prior. Pretty cool she made it so far.
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>> Dave Tripp
>> A Lunatic
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>> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Aug 7, 2012, at 1:24 PM, "Batsford, William" <william.batsford at yale.edu> wrote:
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>>> 8/7 - Leon's Restaurant, New Haven Harbor
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>>> Bufflehead remains on pilings between Leon's and office buildings.  A worker from the office buildings told me the duck has been there for two weeksalways coming to the pilings at high tide.  When I first came the bird was seen swimming in the harbor.
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>>> Parenthetically pictures taken without any security personnel in evidence.
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>>> Bill Batsford
>>> New Haven
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