• Redhead

    Common NameRedhead
    Scientific NameAythya americana
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation07/09/2017
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameNick Vance
    Mailing Address14 1/2 Dans CT
    Burlington, VT 05401
    United States
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    Date Completed07/26/2017
    Latitude of Observation44.4193° N
    Longitude of Observation73.2281° W
    Place NameShelburne Bay
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day02:30 PM
    Length of Time Observed20 min
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)30 ft
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)20 ft
    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Had not encountered this species before

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    Description of Habitat

    Edge of Shelburne Bay near wooded area, 2 mallards and ring-billed gulls present

    Behaviors Observed

    Was occasionally diving for food

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    I was out on the big rock near the boating area of Shelburne Bay when I saw a duck across the water to the left, near Shelburne Bay Park. I couldn't get a good view of it, and originally thought it was a canvasback, so I went to get a closer look. I got to about 20 feet away from it and immediately recognized it as a redhead. The blue bill with the black tip, the black breast, gray back, bright red head and especially the yellow eyes.

    Relative Size & Shape

    slightly smaller than a mallard


    bright red head, yellow eyes,

    Feet & Bill

    could not see the feet, blue bill with black tip

    Upper Back

    upper back was gray

    Lower Back & Rump

    the rump was significantly darker gray than the upper back


    the wings were a tad lighter gray than the upper back

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    black breast, belly was submerged, flanks were submerged


    the tail was out of vision

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    I originally thought this was a canvasback from a distance, but eliminated that when I got closer because the bill shape and color weren't right and the eye color was wrong as well. The body was also not white enough to be a canvasback.

    Other Notes & Comments


    This report was written from notes taken:During the Observation

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