Long-tailed Duck, Morro Bay

Tom Edell
 

Just an FYI, that the Long-tailed Duck currently in the Morro Bay Harbor Mouth area is a male. The last photo taken on December 19th (distant)  showed a bird with an all dark bill, a clear dark cheek patch, and no white in the scapulars. The bird photographed there yesterday and today has a pink bill with a dark tip and base, a faint cheek patch, and at least one long gray scapular. This seems like a quick change for two weeks, but perhaps it was an immature male all along that is now molting into its first alternate plumage. It would be good to note the bill, cheek and scapular colors/markings on future sightings. There has been more than one at the harbor mouth before.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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