Friday, February 12, 2016 Green-winged Teal hybrid
I thought I had found the first-of-year GREEN WINGED-TEAL on Tuesday. This is an unusually early date for this species.
Yesterday, I finally took a close look at my photos. To my surprise the drake had a large whitish patch at the base of his long bill, and no apparent vertical bar on his side. Even the head pattern was different. Even more unusual than I thought! A female duck also shared the little pond.
Dave Sonneborn suggested maybe this was a Green-winged Teal x Mallard hybrid. It sure is an oddball!