At lunch today Colin Jones, Rob Craig, Simon Dodsworth and myself checked out the flooded field SE of Mather’s Corners. The white Snow Goose is still present along with good numbers of other waterfowl, particularly Northern Pintail. We also had good looks at 2 Cackling Geese here. The most interesting bird though was an apparent male hybird Gadwall x Mallard, or “Brewer’s Duck” as this hybrid combination is often known. This bird has a fairly typical male Gadwall body but the head has a strange light patch on the cheek and lots of green iridescence above and behind the eye (similar to that of American Black Duck x Mallard hybrids). It’s definitely an interesting bird worth looking for.

Location: Mather’s Corners
Observer: Mike Burrell

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.