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1 hour ago, Birding Boy said:

Why not just a molting male Indigo? I usually see a couple every year that look like this.

Okay so your question had me do some research. That research has concluded first that I should no longer go memory it isn't trustworthy any more:( Second this was from Logan County, CO and ebird confirmed it along with the one below as being Lazuli X Indigo Bunting.


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2 hours ago, Clip said:

Interesting! So melanistic.

Only thing I’ve come up with is they do have dark eyes for a short time after hatching, so these just never changed.  Second is they are “tripped out” and pupils are just massively dilated.  The first bird I have a pic of the other eye, and it is also dark.  

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No photo sadly, but I was surprised to see a Black-capped Variant female YBSA right after banding a regular female! It seemed that there were three different sapsuckers using the same tree to feed. 

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On 5/15/2021 at 5:19 AM, Clip said:

Then there is this duck...Found this one in Adams County, CO but I'm not sure what it is a mix of. Perhaps some of the folks here can help with that.

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On 5/15/2021 at 7:49 AM, Avery said:

American Wigeon x Mallard would be my guess

Not with that dark bill. I think I see some Shoveler in this bird, but lemme do some research.

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On 8/5/2021 at 11:03 AM, Clip said:

Looks good! Thank You! I shall get it labeled.


We had a similar duck here in Augusta in December 2019/January 2020. I'm just linking this one, since it's the most horrible photo EVAH.


This past January was another fun one. Blue-winged Teal x Northern Shoveler.

Blue-winged Teal x Northern Shoveler

Those Shovelers sure get around!

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