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A white mallard hybrid.  The photo was taken at dusk, at high ISO.  Much more noise than I'd like, but it's the first one of these I've seen.

 

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This juvenile (or should it be immature?) Cooper's Hawk could get out of this tree thanks to two crows standing guard.

 

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On 2/6/2020 at 10:01 PM, Mark F said:

This juvenile (or should it be immature?) Cooper's Hawk could get out of this tree thanks to two crows standing guard.

 

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I went on a birding outing last year and the person leading our group works for the Audubon Society (among others) and she used the term "sub-adult" instead of juvenile or immature. I forget the reasons why, but she explained it. I doubt it really matter much except to the most ardent (pedantic?) people. Great picture. 

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15 hours ago, mossyhorn said:

Some better photos from today, of the white mallard.

 

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Didn't Jefferson Airplane write a song about that?  Oh wait, it was white rabbit. Never mind. 😄

 

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23 hours ago, roadcykler said:

I went on a birding outing last year and the person leading our group works for the Audubon Society (among others) and she used the term "sub-adult" instead of juvenile or immature. I forget the reasons why, but she explained it. I doubt it really matter much except to the most ardent (pedantic?) people. Great picture. 

Thanks for the kind comment. Hey, "sub-adult", I like that!

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23 hours ago, mossyhorn said:

Some better photos from today, of the white mallard.

 

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Adorable!!!  Domestic you think?

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3 hours ago, MerMaeve said:

Adorable!!!  Domestic you think?

It's behavior is just like the wild mallards that it is with.  It is not any larger in size like a domestic would be. I'm thinking that it could be a hybrid, but I'm not sure. It will be gone by summer as the small marsh will be mostly dry.  Many people hike and mountain bike right past it, and never notice it.

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