Re: birding today Sunday and last week
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A little more information that might be relevant to whether this duck is wild (taken only from eBird, so other sources may have more information):
So far this year, the Goleta bird is the only reported Fulvous-Whistling Duck in eBird in Arizona or California. The nearest report of one in eBird in 2018 so far is from central Chihuahua. There may have been an incursion of the species northward back in August 2017, when a group of 5 birds showed up in the Phoenix area and several more were reported near Hermosillo in Sonora, northwestern Mexico. Maybe there were others out there, too, that didn't make it to eBird.
I don't know if this bird is wild or not, and I'm not on the CBRC, so don't have a vote on the matter. But for a species like this, other reports in the region at the time are as relevant as any other information. And, no, I'm not saying the lack of recent, nearby records proves anything. It's just more context that should be considered.
As a comparison with the December 2005 bird at the Goleta Sanitary District plant, that bird DID show up when others were being seen in California and Arizona.
I will say that the Lake Los Carneros bird is a fancy-looking duck, and I enjoyed seeing it Saturday.
On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 4:22 PM, Joan Lentz joanlentz@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote: