Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck musings

2015-03-08 Thread Judith Thurber
Loved it!  Thanks so much.
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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 On Mar 7, 2015, at 5:14 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 
 Two points of potential interest about Tufted Ducks, in addition to the fact 
 that the short-tufted male continues (as late as 3:30pm) close to the point 
 at the Ithaca Yacht Club:
 
 I did not see the Tufted Duck in the Ladoga area but I am told that on 22 
 February it was seen to have a normal long tuft. Did other observers see 
 this? Does anybody have photos which might argue for this being the same bird 
 having lost tuft feathers or for it being a different bird based on some 
 other characteristics, such as bill markings? 
 
 If you are interested in the species in its native climes, albeit not a 
 totally natural situation, below is a link to a half-hour movie, 50 or more 
 years old, from Sweden, which Stefhan Ohlström sent me. The movie is in 
 black-and-white, which works fine for this species, and the narration, 
 without subtitles, is in Swedish, but this also doesn't matter a whole lot if 
 you don't listen Swedish, as the plot is pretty obvious. I will explain the 
 title, Viggen Viggo. You may have heard of the actor, Viggo Mortensen, who 
 my wife Laurie tells me is an Upstate New Yorker of Danish heritage. Viggo 
 is just a Scandinavian first name. But Vigg is the common Swedish name for  
 _Aythya fuligula_, what we call Tufted Duck. The suffix -en is the Swedish 
 way of indicating the article the. So the title means, Viggo the Tufted 
 Duck, but of course it is more cute in Swedish.
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YiJ0b_3H-k
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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck musings

2015-03-07 Thread Dave Nutter
Two points of potential interest about Tufted Ducks, in addition to the fact 
that the short-tufted male continues (as late as 3:30pm) close to the point at 
the Ithaca Yacht Club:

I did not see the Tufted Duck in the Ladoga area but I am told that on 22 
February it was seen to have a normal long tuft. Did other observers see this? 
Does anybody have photos which might argue for this being the same bird having 
lost tuft feathers or for it being a different bird based on some other 
characteristics, such as bill markings?

If you are interested in the species in its native climes, albeit not a totally 
natural situation, below is a link to a half-hour movie, 50 or more years old, 
from Sweden, which Stefhan Ohlström sent me. The movie is in black-and-white, 
which works fine for this species, and the narration, without subtitles, is in 
Swedish, but this also doesn't matter a whole lot if you don't listen Swedish, 
as the plot is pretty obvious. I will explain the title, Viggen Viggo. You 
may have heard of the actor, Viggo Mortensen, who my wife Laurie tells me is an 
Upstate New Yorker of Danish heritage. Viggo is just a Scandinavian first 
name. But Vigg is the common Swedish name for  _Aythya fuligula_, what we call 
Tufted Duck. The suffix -en is the Swedish way of indicating the article 
the. So the title means, Viggo the Tufted Duck, but of course it is more 
cute in Swedish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YiJ0b_3H-k

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