Friday, January 14, 2011

Eurasian Teal Takes a Wrong Turn

Eurasian Teal at Tempe Marsh, Jan. 14th, 2011
We can't all be good at directions, but it sure helps, especially if you're a duck!  Somewhere along the way during migration this Eurasian Teal turned right when he should have turned left, or visa versa.  Either way, lucky for us birders he's decided to mix it up with a small group of Green-winged Teals at Tempe Marsh (Tempe Marketplace).  What distinguishes him from the Green-winged Teals is his lack of a vertical white shoulder bar, and that he has a more prominent horizontal white scapular-stripe.  Photo below shows the comparison.

Green-winged Teal on left, Eurasian Teal second from right, at Tempe Marsh, Jan. 14th, 2011.

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