When I first heard about this Garganey duck sighting, I Googled it to find out more about it. One of the search results was for a bird fancier from the Fingerlakes area of New York who was offering two of these ducks for sale last Fall. So, unfortunately, it seems like there is that possibility of it being an escapee from a bird fancier. I do hope it is a vagrant - wish I knew how it got here. Thanks to another birder, I did get a nice look at it today.
On Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:58:29 -0400, Eric Hynes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Hello Vermont Birders:
>The provenance of unusual waterfowl often comes into question and gives
>records committee members nightmares and listers emotional scars (wounds
>still itch for anybody on that Pochard?).
>For what it is worth, I watched the Garganey for over two hours in my scope
>this evening looking for any hints of previous captivity. During one slow
>right leg stretch, I saw no bands. Later, it preened its left flank and
>pulled its left leg up out of the way to do so -- again, I saw no bands.
>The bird was too far away to confidently access whether or not the hind
>toe(s) were clipped (a common practice in waterfowl collections).
>I obviously have no clue where this gorgeous drake was before turning up at
>Ethan Allen Homestead but I definitely enjoyed studying it and it fits
>nicely into previous patterns of vagrancy.
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