Re: So easy to overlook!!
Chris Van Beveren
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This is reminiscent of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird spotted at a feeder on Brad Schram's veranda several years ago. There were 5 or 6 feeders all crammed with hummingbirds. The Ruby-throated was very close to identical, just a little smaller and thinner body. Everyone present - about 10 birders - agreed that often a Ruby-throat might have been seen in the county and overlooked as just another Anna's.
Chris Van Beveren
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Los Osos CA 93402
Phone: 805 439-2023
On Saturday, January 30, 2021, 04:01:21 PM PST, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:
How many times have we spotted a bunch of Mallards, ticked-off "Mallards" and then walked on. Last June, Tom Edell posted a notice that the Mexican Duck had been added to the AOU list as a full species. Here is the link to this previous post worth revisiting: https://groups.io/g/slocobirding/message/19291?p=,,,20,0,0,0::Created,,Mexican+duck,20,2,0,75224027
So why bring this up again? Well another record of Mexican Duck is now up for review, this time in Orange County. This duck was found this past week by Jim Pike in a neighborhood park with many other Mallards. Wouldn't it be fun to be the one to find the second SLO county record? (First one found by Curtis Marantz in San Luis Obispo, Dec. 2018 during a Christmas Count.) Though a very rare vagrant, I wonder if we don't have one or two around but just are not prepared to pick out the different one. I was out this morning looking at Mallards!
May I suggest if you're interested, take a look at photos and be ready to spend a little time looking through our local Mallards. The two reported over the past few years in California have been adult males. To me, these male Mexican Ducks closely resemble female Mallards except for a few defining differences covered in guidebooks and other waterfowl references and Jim's comments below. Check Calbirds and probably ebird for additional photos and information on this OC bird.
Jim's post yesterday from 1/29 to OCBirding indicates this bird is being considered by the reviewing experts as a "fine example of a Mexican Duck."
Here is the initial post by Jim Pike to OrangeCountyBirding on his reported potential Mexican Duck to give us some ideas on what to look for and link to photos: