As a learning exercise for us more novice birders, couldvJeremiah (or you) explain the characteristics and field marks that enable this ID, especially from such a fuzzy image?
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On Jan 1, 2013, at 2:43 PM, Allan Strong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I just got this email from Jeremiah Trimble who ID'ed Ian and Ron's red-headed duck as a Common Pochard.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Common Pochard at Champlain Bridge
> Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:28:55 -0500
> From: Jeremiah Trimble <[log in to unmask]>
> To: Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>
> CC: Allan Strong <[log in to unmask]>, Chris Rimmer <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi all,
> Happy New Year!
> I need to follow up on the storm-petrel specimen but in an immediate matter, a redhead was reported today on Vermont birds along with a Redhead. The "Redhead" in the image is a Common Pochard! I'm not sure how to get the word out better than email you guys!!
> Good luck,
> On Thursday, October 13, 2011, Kent McFarland wrote:
> Hi Jeremiah,
> I have the storm-petrel specimen now in our freezer. Allan said I
> should just send it down to you. Can you give me address and days of
> week you are definetly there so I can send overnight frozen? In the
> hand it does look good (not that I'd know really, but according to
> this page with some of your photos:
> http://www.neseabirds.com/Birdsstormpetrelsseperating.htm). It has
> black feet and webbing. The only thing that is on the small end is
> total length. I think it will barely hit 7.5" when in thawed state.
> Apparently on the short end. But the legs don't come even close to
> extending past the tail. Anyhow, it does seem to fit band-rumped....
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