- From: "Killian, Elena" <killian@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "'Va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <Va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 16:52:00 -0500
Last Monday I had a male and female Hooded merganser, yesterday at 6:45 I had 4 males and one female in the lake behind my house. I also have an Osprey or two that are hanging around the area. Yesterday morning as I looked out the back glass door to the lake I saw ducks, but one looked different. I grabbed the binocs and saw three Mallards and a Widgeon. On further checking I noticed the top of the bird's head was not as light and it had a large white band on the side of the body. It definite had a Widgeon's bill with the dark tip. I saw him up out of the water and the white wing patches showing were very clear. I ran to my car to get the scope and when I came back the Widgeon was gone but the Mallards were there. I have lived in Tenn and Florida and have seen lots of waterfowl over the years. What I saw looked just like the picture of the Eurasian Widgeon in the Audubon Guide. We had terrible rain and storms with gusts of wind during the night, this bird must have come in at that time. The behavior that I observed was like what the book described: one solitary Widgeon with Mallards. At times the other ducks seemed unhappy with his presence and kept swimming away. The birdwatchers in Lynchburg should check the three small lakes around the Lake Vista subdivision in Forest. I live in one of the condos in front of Hutter Lake, on the left side. I tried to send this e-mail yesterday, but VA-bird does not take attachments. I teach all day tomorrow, but if someone finds it please let me know.The battery in my video was low, so I could not tape it. The White Egret with one leg shorter than the other seemed to have died or was killed in the other small lake in the same area. One woman told me she found a dead bird with white feathers dead on the shore. Last time I saw it was on Oct. 1st the night of the freeze, Elena Killian You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
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