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I saw this pair of ducks on the lower Brandywine, Wilmington, Delaware. Tried my usual identification apps with no luck. I’m beginning to wonder if this duck is North American at all. The blue feet should be an easy field mark, but don’t help me.
When I mow my fields, I'm apparently stirring up enough insects to attract a glossy blue bird with a silver breast/underside. They circle around and swoop down on all sides of me. At first, I thought they were dive-bombing me to keep me away from nests, but then it occurred to me that they might be after insects. I've checked the mid-Atlantic North America birder books, but cannon find one fitting that description. The purple martin is the closest, although it seems to be dark purple/blue all over. This one definitely has a white/silvery underbelly. I'm sorry to have no photo; they're to
I know. Cell phone photos suck but aren’t they better than no photos? Portland, Maine. February 2019. Dove sized, owl like? Sitting quietly in a small fruit tree with lots of branches that waxwings and robins visit 6E0020B9-4147-4179-A220-D44761F2857F.mp4