Sunday, April 11, 2010

Common Teal at Herrick's Cove

Sunday, April 11, 2010. While scanning a flock of 44 Green-winged Teal Anas crecca carolinensis this morning at Herrick's Cove (mouth of Williams River in Rockingham, VT) to my surprise I sighted a mature male Common Teal Anas c. crecca. This is the second year in a row that I have had the Eurasian or nominate race at this location, and this is the third sighting for Herrick's Cove within the past four years. The 2007 bird was a first state record of the subspecies in VT. All sightings have occurred in April. The drakes were putting on a nice show of courtship behavior. Below are a few digiscoped images of this year's bird.

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