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Who's that duck? (Western Washington) (1 Viewer)


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Hi all,

I am having trouble identifying this duck (see photos at link). Here are some details of the sighting.


Where: Wetland pond south of Seattle in the city of Kent Washington

When: 11/2/2019 4:30pm

Features: Brown head with light brown cheeks. Flanks are a creamy brown to gray. Black tail.

Number Spotted Maybe 6 - 12 individuals. They were all mixed in with the other species.

Behavior: Swimming around, I think dabbling not diving but i didn't take notes and i cant remember for sure.

Seen with: Mallards, Coots, American Widgeons, Northern Shovelers

Best Guess: The closest thing I think is a female Redhead. The cheek color looks right, but the smooth colored sides and black tail don't. Maybe it is a female Ruddy duck? But that doesn't seem quite right either.

What do you guys think?
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Oh interesting, that makes sense. Looking at the females they look much more similar to a mallard female so this would be a Gadwall male.

Thanks to both of you :)

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