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I saw these birds back in December at a park in Northern New Jersey. I knew I had ring-billed, but I just noticed the duck in the middle, without the "ring". I'm not certain what that is.. any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

The center Duck looks like a Lesser Scaup. You’re right about the rest, just FYI even though it doesn’t make sense, they’re called Ring-necked, not billed 😁

I’m kinda thinking Scaup x Ringer hybrid. What say ye?

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5 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

I’m kinda thinking Scaup x Ringer hybrid. What say ye?

The gray part of the back is not very dark, and the bill pattern does not have the pale ring of Ring-necked - I think it’s just a regular Lesser Scaup

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2 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

The gray part of the back is not very dark, and the bill pattern does not have the pale ring of Ring-necked - I think it’s just a regular Lesser Scaup

Thanks. IDK, this just seems like the weirdest-looking Scaup I’ve ever seen.

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18 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Ducks; whadda ya gonna do?

There going to do what they always have done, fly as soon as they have seen you.

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8 hours ago, PaulK said:

There's probably a good explanation if this but if you add Female to the filter it brings up zero hits.

Probably because no one has applied the ‘Female’ tag to any photos of this hybrid.  Do you get results if you filter for ‘Male’?

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8 hours ago, PaulK said:

There's probably a good explanation if this but if you add Female to the filter it brings up zero hits.

Maybe they are harder to find, than the male hybrids?

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14 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Probably because no one has applied the ‘Female’ tag to any photos of this hybrid.  Do you get results if you filter for ‘Male’?

Yes, 54 hits (so about 1/6 of the total photos in the library). I think you're right that people haven't bothered tagging them, but also @Kevinis likely right that they're just harder to find. There are a couple in the first page of the search (e.g.) but they seem to be in the minority. (ETA: I'm not even sure how you'd tell that's a hybrid in the field in that linked example.)

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8 hours ago, PaulK said:

I'm not even sure how you'd tell that's a hybrid in the field in that linked example.

Just taking a quick look at the photos of the males they all appear to have a partially or completely truncated shoulder spur (as well as other markings such as the taller head profile) making ID fairly straightforward.

I suspect the females are much trickier due to the less distinct plumage and are missed most of the time (I didn't spot any photos of a lone female identified as a hybrid).

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2 hours ago, RobinHood said:

Just taking a quick look at the photos of the males they all appear to have a partially or completely truncated shoulder spur (as well as other markings such as the taller head profile)

Ha, looking again it's the rightmost male in that example I chose that's the hybrid. Yeesh.

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