Hello Fellow Birders,
Saw a few interesting variants during the MVCF this past weekend:
- A melanisitic Lesser Sand Hill Crane whose neck and head feathers looked
'terrible'. Speculation was that it might have feather lice.
- A white-headed Redhead duck. This year-old female was a real trick to
identify; my companion and I finally pegged her as a partially leucistic female
Redhead because she was in the company of a standard male Redhead and her body
feathers were consistent with a female Redhead. But how, you might ask, did we
know she was a year-old bird? Well, when I described her to a USFWS person who
works on the Refuge he said he'd banded a juvenile female Redhead with a white
head last year!
- A Cinammon/Blue-winged Teal hybrid was seen and photographed by several
people (not me, I just saw the photos).
- There were still all three species of Rosy-finches at the Hochstettler
- Lots of Mountain Bluebirds moving through.
- A paucity of raptor species, but lots of Red-tailed Hawks and Great-horned
Owls. One Prairie Falcon, one Bald Eagle, One Rough-legged Hawk, a couple of
American Kestrels. I saw no Ferruginous Hawks, Merlins, Peregrines or Golden
eagles - all species I've seen there in past years.
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