[texbirds] Pitchfork Pond-- A few interesting ducks

  • From: J B <renreb1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:06:59 -0700 (PDT)

Had a few interesting ducks during a brief stop at La Grange's Pitchfork Pond 
Sunday afternoon.
A first fall American Wigeon male seemed quite unusual for July in Fayette 
County. ebird didn't have any july 2012 american wigeons anywhere nearby but 
did have some july records in Austin quite some time ago.
Also one Black-bellied whistling duck (B-B W-D) parent with nineteen ducklings. 
Talk about some nightmarish single-parenting!
From what I can tell normally 12-16 eggs are usually laid and typically only 
one brood per year for B-B W-D. Nineteen seemed like a relatively high number 
of hatched and thus-far surviving ducklings especially when I only saw one 
parent during my twenty minutes there.
Does anybody have more info on unusualness of either sighting--would be 
interested in an offline email
John Berner
West Houston/Katy

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