- Oil Spill in Richmond - oiled wildlife contact
Re: Oil Spill in Richmond - oiled wildlife contact
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Another indication that the spill may have been going on several days before it was discovered. See iNaturalist post of a California gull I saw in Point Reyes Station that appeared to be oiled.
I think I saw that same Northern Pintail with the rusty breast and throat on Feb. 2nd at the Albany mudflats, before the oil spill. It was hanging out with Green-winged Teal, so I speculated that it might be some sort of hybrid. I also noticed some coloring on the exposed secondary feathers, blue-black-white, if I remember correctly.
Ebird has a page for pintail X green-winged teal hybrids, and some of the photos show similar rusty breast.
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