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  1. 55 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

    Are you sure it's only a dream?  One day you'll have the nightmare of trying to identify weird-looking ducks that might be hybrids...in bad lighting...but you'll be awake!!!! :classic_laugh:

    Yes, it was based on a real experience....

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  2. 2 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

    Didn't think about until now. What about a Blue-winged Teal? It would be rare, but seems like a perfect match.

    https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/27799661

    https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/27799661

    I wouldn't exactly say perfect match. I've never seen a Blue-winged Teal with even a hint of orange on the bill, and it structurally seems wrong. At least not a pure BWTE, although it crossed my mind before.

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  3. 1 minute ago, Tanager 101 said:

    They were for me. It is shameful it took this long to get them as I live super close to their habitat and have been to it many, many times including locations they are fairly commonly seen. I hope you can get it too soon! 

    Yeah, it might take me a while as they do seem to be declining quite a bit in NY.

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  4. Head sheen can be quite useful in scaup ID and should not be totally disregarded, although it should never be used as the sole factor in an identification. Percentage wise, it is still more likely than not that a scaup with purple head sheen is a Lesser, and with green sheen a Greater.

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  5. 2 minutes ago, RobinHood said:

    These hybrids are common locally for me, probably five currently, with significant variations although the Sibley example is the most common. This one looks OK - I was going to suggest lightening the first photo but I'm not sure the head plumage would be more clear.

    Well, this is it lightened anyway.

    abdumall.jpeg

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