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WAbirdman

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  1. I found an odd-looking mallard at the Skagit Wildlife Management Area, Wiley Slough, today. I'm not sure if it's a molting male (seems early for that, and the emerging body feather pattern looks more rounded/scalloped than a typical mallard) or a hybrid. Any thoughts? And, if you think it is a hybrid, any idea what the other species might be?

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  2. Saw this bird today among a large flock of dowitchers at the Reifel wildlife refuge near Vancouver, BC.

    Size, leg color and bill suggest pectoral, but the breast markings don't look quite right (color is off, and no clear delineation between streaked and unstreaked parts). Obvious white eye-ring and white eyebrow consistent with sharp-tailed sandpiper, which is rare here but does show up in small numbers during fall migration.

    Thoughts?

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