[CT Birds] ID help

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 2 12:59:21 EDT 2017

Hi Alex,
Here are some possibilities, that sort of fit your description: 
- Common Gallinule , juvenile ( formerly called Common Moorhen)
- Fulvous Whistling-Duck (very rare in CT)
- Pink-footed Goose (very rare but one or two are annually seen in CT in recent years).

You can check them out in your bird field guide (Sibley is great), or google them online.

Frank Mantlik

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> On Nov 2, 2017, at 12:28 PM, Alex Delehanty via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> Normally I wouldn’t do this but ...
> Today in Hartford at Riverside Park, in the ponds on the access road I
> observed a bird that I cannot identify.
> It was in the pond with Canada Geese. It was a third of the size of a
> Canada Goose. This birds’ shape, I know this sounds ridiculous, looked like
> a pigeon with a long neck. The head neck and breast were uniformly brownish
> gray.  It had black eyes, no eye ring, the beak was black & not long or
> curved. It was barred on the back, brown, white, & buff. it had a white
> butt. This bird took off with the geese and headed down to the Connecticut
> River.
> It did not have a grebe or duck head, but whatever it was I haven’t a
> clue. Any ideas what it might be would be gratefully appreciated because
> it’s driving me crazy.
> Alex Delehanty
> Storrs
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