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Redhead or Canvasback in MD

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Hi all.  Got these pics yesterday (2/16) in Annapolis, MD.  I am not great at ducks, to be sure.  I originally thought these were all Redheads, but a friend told me the close up pic was a male Redhead and a female Canvasback.  Looking them up, I think he is correct.  I did not even think of Canvasback as I so rarely see them (I live in S. VT).  So the question becomes, what do you think the mix of ducks is in this large group.  I counted close to 500 ducks in the pics, and still think the majority are Redheads.

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1 Male Redhead and female Canvasback.

The rest are Redheads with a few Canvasbacks in there.

I put a red dot below each bird that I am sure is a Canvasback.

 

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Additionally, on the Atlantic Coast, Redhead is rare on salt water, despite that it's main wintering area is the Laguna Madre in Texas.

See Maryland eBird bar charts here and scroll down and compare Canvasback and Redhead.

See the Maryland Canvasback bar chart here and then click on the "High Count" tab.

For instructions on how to delve into eBird data, see here.

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I thought that there were a lot of Canvasbacks in the photos. but I was not sure.

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Thanks to all for the help.  I'm changing my checklist from mostly redhead to mostly Canvasback.  I counted 450 birds in one frame, so I will go with 50 Redhead and 400 Canvasback.  I doubt I will mistake them again as this was a great learning experience.  The really tough part about it was these birds were all backlit, which makes photography and observing that much harder.  Thanks for all the help.

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