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Hi Allan,

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? 

Thanks!!

Miriam Lawrence

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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.
> 
> Allan
> 
> 
> -------- 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,
> Jeremiah
> 
> 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....
> 
>   Thanks
>   Kent
> 
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