[CT Birds] Portland Fairgrounds (Monday pre-duck) 3 Eurasian Teal
kmueller at ntplx.net
kmueller at ntplx.net
Tue Apr 2 09:35:47 EDT 2013
This is a late report. I stopped by the Portland fairgrounds yesterday
on my way to the COA meeting in Middletown. I pulled in the
fairgrounds around 5:15 and stayed for approx. 40 minutes.
When I arrived there were a handful of Green-winged Teal including one
drake EURASIAN (the drake with the slightly less developed adult
plumage-narrower lateral scapular stripe). Also there were a pair of
Blue-winged Teal and 3 Pintail (1 drake- 2 hen). Also saw 5 Snipe and
a single Greater Yellowlegs. After 15 minutes more Teal started flying
into the pond including a second drake EURASIAN (with the well
developed adult plumage), and another pair of Blue-winged Teal.
Someone was target shooting to the north on Petzolds Island which
probably startled the ducks out of the Meadows. The continual shooting
sent quite a few ducks into the air in all directions including many
Wood Ducks, Teal and another pair of Pintail which flew down river.
Bird of note- I was able to re find the hen Teal that I suspected to
be a hen EURASIAN. It was hanging close with the second drake Eurasian
Teal which also flew into the pond. Since there are only slight
differences between a hen Eurasian and an American Green-winged it is
very difficult to differentiate between them unless they are literally
in your hands. I am quite confident of my ID.
As I mentioned before, I did raise a few when I had my aviary, and was
familiar with these 'slight differences'. If you are going to the
fairgrounds looking for this hen here is a general description:- the
hen is overall slightly lighter in plumage. The head (one of the
important areas for ID) is lighter in color with a well defined eye
stripe, lighter lores extending farther back onto the cheeks, less
cheek dotting, BUT shows no malar stripe. The green speculum area of
the secondaries is slightly larger with a wider (lower) black speculum
border, and a missing upper speculum black border (located on tertail
1). But the most important feature of the speculum being the forward
wing bar (in front of speculum) of the greater secondary coverts being
much whiter and wider (appears very prominent and bold). This white
bar extends nearly the entire length with minimal tan color near the
top of this wide-white bar.....this is quite obvious when the duck is
in flight. Hen Green-winged Teal show less white and more tan color on
this bar. And finally the white edging of the tertials are heavier and
more pronounced on this hen Teal. This is the second time I have seen
this hen, and it is usually accompanying the drake with the more
dramatic and complete plumage.
Hope that helps....Good Luck.
While I was there a second Greater Yellowlegs flew in, and also 9 Kildeer.
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