Thanks to all who chimed in on both the Friendly Grouse and the odd Ducky linked up with the Male Mallard.
Probably a domestic (Indian Runner, Black Swede etc).
On May 1, 2014, at 8:37 AM, Betty wrote:
> Hi, Teri
> Your photo immediately made me think of a "runner", an Indian runner duck. I don't think I've ever seen one. Probably a picture in a book, I googled it and see an upright posture, which Is
> all right. You might also search Indian runners. They are a domestic duck here.
> Cheers, Betty
> -----Original Message----- From: Theresa Armata
> Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2:41 PM
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] Odd Mallard?
> Today in Bennington :
> I observed a male Mallard with an odd looking companion.
> Mostly dark, both back and front ( black?) with a bright white splotch on it's neck.
> A not very satisfactory picture link below. Is it a Mallard/something cross? A domestic ducky that has
> found love in the wild? Any thoughts appreciated.
> Also, at Shaftsbury State Park today while admiring a FOY Blue-headed Vireo, I heard leaves rustling behind me.
> Turning around ... a Grouse is walking towards me... I stand still, and reach for the old Kodak Easy Share camera. It paraded around me
> softly and sweetly clucking.
> It would not be scared off! I hissed, I stomped my feet, I waved my baseball hat at it... to no avail. Finally I was the one to
> scoot down the drive.. with the bird trailing after me. Whew! Any thoughts on this encounter. No leg bands, no clipped wings that I could see.
> Was this bird finding my Deep Woods Off spray attractive? or was it my hiking boots and blue jeans?
> Link to video below.
> Other birds of note: Adult Bald Eagle (I spooked from perch in tree)
> Broad-winged Hawk soaring above
> Lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Yellow Rumps.
> Terri Armata Bennington