Banders are sometimes allowed to attach different colored bands when
affixing aluminum ones to captured wild ducks--this is for further
identification purposes.  There are substantial numbers of these birds
around the British Isles in winter, and they do hybridize with Tufted Duck.
 Just some thoughts to put into the mix.

Paula Gills

On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM, Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thank you, thank you - from all of us who thoroughly enjoyed watching this
> bird and were startled by the no-joy-in-Mudville atmosphere among some
> viewers.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> On Jan 6, 2013, at 5:14 PM, William Perry wrote:
> > The Common Porchard clearly has an aluminum band on it's right leg.
> > Don't be so quick to dismiss this bird as wild because someone claims
> > to have seen a red plastic band.  Larry Master's photo clearly shows the
> > silver band on the right foot.  Hopefully Tom has some pictures that will
> > clear contribute to this debate.
> >
> > It is very disappointing that certain members of State Records
> > Committees are so quick to dismiss rare bird finds and have a very
> > negative attitude.  Some people are determined to dismiss rare birds
> > with little factual data.  Tropical Storm Sandy has produce several great
> > birds.  Enjoy this wild bird!

*Birds were the earth's first musicians.*
                                    *Olivier Messiaen*