Attention all you birders who love a challenge!
One of my blog readers in Edmonton, Alberta sent me this bird picture he took last August, and asked for some help with the identification of this species.
While yes, at first glance it does look like a blue-winged teal, a closer look will reveal some discrepancies, as pointed out by the confused birder.
“The white patch is totally different on this bird. It is not in a half moon shape in front of the eye & is not narrow. The white clearly extends well past the eye & is not half moon shaped & is much wider. Also most of the white is above the eye which is also not a Teal trait??? Also most of the side body on a Teal is spotted feathers. This one is not spotted.”
And before you ask, no he did not manage to get any other pictures of this strange bird. That would have been too easy..
Please leave your suggestions in the comments below or tweet me @patbumstead, and thanks for helping!