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Rusty and Black Duck

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Both seen today in Oshawa about 30 mins east of Toronto.  I note that the black bird doesn't have any glossy or iridescent feathers.  Makes me think it is a Rusty Blackbird, and not a Grackle.  For the duck, I keep thinking I've got an American Black Duck but when I get home to check it's either a Female Mallard or Female Gadwall.  Hoping this is a Male ABD this time.

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Both are correct!

Rusty Blackbirds also have thinner, shorter bills than grackles. For American Black Ducks, the dark contrasting body is a good ID mark.

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