Subject: [Tweeters] question on Mallard (?) with greenish bill
Date: Mar 21 15:11:21 2005
From: Gary Bletsch - garybletsch at yahoo.com


Dear Tweeters,

At Reifel yesterday, right by the warming hut, there
were of course many Mallards. Two or three of these
birds were "different." They were in female-type
plumage, but with greenish bills, in the manner of an
American Black Duck. Otherwise they were just about
the same as the female Mallards nearby. One suggestion
I heard was that they could have been drake Mallards
that were still in eclipse plumage for some reason.
Does anyone know aught about these "green-billed
Mallards?"




Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch

near Lyman (Skagit County), Washington

garybletsch at yahoo.com




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