Hi all,
Jeff Gerbracht and Tom Schulenberg found a drake MALLARD x NORTHERN PINTAIL
hybrid at Myers Point yesterday. It was still present this morning in a
similar area, straight out from the private marina, but rather distant on
the lake. I was able to get some poor photos to document this interesting
bird:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63692693
And if you'd like a better look, it was quite similar to a bird I found at
that same spot almost five years ago:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42960861

And I haven't seen it in a week or so, but I think the REDHEAD x SCAUP
hybrid that was in the same flock as the Tufted Duck is likely still around
as well. He looks like this:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/198658531
I haven't been able to pick out any other hybrids in the Aythya flock so
far this year, but I suspect they will turn up. Good candidates include...
Ring-necked x scaup:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/37262811
Redhead x Ring-necked:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/48908031
And the always subtle Canvasback x Redhead:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/144299911
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/39968611

Cheers,
Jay
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Jay McGowan
Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
jw...@cornell.edu

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