[CT Birds] Common Teal in Portland

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Fri Mar 29 15:30:41 EDT 2013

Good question Paul, but I think that the birds coming through are  
normal and legit. I walked as far back into the marsh as I could go  
behind the fairgrounds on Tuesday (where I use to go duck hunting) and  
there were large numbers of Teal, Wood ducks, Pintails, Mallards etc  
jumping up and flying towards GLastonbury. It is conceivable that  
another Eurasian Teal or two were in those flocks. Years ago when I  
had my taxidermy studio, I mounted many Eurasian Teal that were  
collected in this State, often the person who brought the bird to me  
didn't even know what they had.

I am sure there are more Eurasian Teal passing through our State this  
time of year than we are aware of. Remember most marshes in the state  
(especially along the CT River) are flooded and inaccessible, we would  
have no way of knowing what species and how many were in the deepest  
reaches of the marshes. That marshes behind fairgrounds run along the  
River all the way to S. Glastonbury.....about 99 percent of it is  
inaccessible unless you were wearing waders and walking down the old  
paths if you could cross the normal channels. But most channels are  
now too deep to cross because of the flooded conditions.

With that in mind, I think we were very fortunate to see (at least)  
two drakes and maybe a hen in that small puddle in the fairgrounds.  
And who is to say the the full plumages drake that is in the puddle  
isn't a different bird coming to the puddle.


Quoting paul cianfaglione <pgcianfaglione at gmail.com>:

> Keith mentioned in his e-mail that both Common and Green-winged Teal are
> commonly kept in aviaries. Would two and a half Common Teals in one
> location in CT raise any red flags for escapees?? Or does their occurrence
> during spring migration ease those concerns?
> Just another thought, Paul Cianfaglione
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