M & L,
Madge & Burn indicates that it is probably a juvenile L.S., which lacks the
white base of the bill. However, the yellow eye may indicate an eclipse
drake L.S.. However, a T.D. probably can't be ruled out.
Port Kent, NY
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From: "Larry and Mona Rogers" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2003 4:57 PM
Subject: Gone Geese and a Mystery Duck
> We went up to Dead Creek this afternoon - the geese are gone.
> Zero, Zilch. All is not lost however - we saw our first Rough-Leg (dark
> phase) of the season, and an interesting duck just north of the dam by the
> impoundment. It was probably a female Lesser Scaup, but. . .
> It was medium sized, had a chocolate-brown head, a bright yellow
> without an eye ring, no white at the base of its mottled blue-black bill,
> and was quite dark on the top its back (its body was buffy). No obvious
> knobs or tufts on its roundish head. Could it be a tufted duck? We
> someone that was better at ducks than we are were there.
> Mona and Larry