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

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

Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch

near Lyman (Skagit County), Washington

garybletsch at

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