• Northern Shoveler

    Common NameNorthern Shoveler
    Scientific NameAnas clypeata
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation12/15/2017
    Media
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    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameCraig Provost
    Mailing AddressP.O. Box 1241
    Stowe, VT 05672
    United States
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    Date Completed12/21/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    None

    Latitude of Observation44.252807
    Longitude of Observation-73.280256
    Place NameLong Point
    TownshipFerrisburg
    CountyAddison
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day12:24 PM
    Length of Time Observed10 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)350
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)350
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Overcast and windy.

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Kowa Genesis 10x40 binoculars; Swarovski spotting scope 60x

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Have encountered this specie numerous times in Vermont and outside of Vermont.

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Open water near lake shoreline at mouth of Little Otter Creek.

    Behaviors Observed

    Foraging along ice edge. Did submerge head a few times.

    Description of Vocalizations

    None heard

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Noticed group of waterfowl south of where I was. Initial scan with binoculars noticed a smaller duck mixed in with the Mallards, American Black Ducks, and female Northern Pintail. Located in scope and first look at bird showed a long, wide bill, longer than the head. After a few minutes observing it I then used cell phone to take photos through the scope.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Smaller than the numerous Mallards and American Black Ducks it was associated with.

    Head

    Appeared dark due to lighting but greenish tinted.

    Feet & Bill

    Bill shape noticed initially; longer and wider relative to the head compared to other species nearby.

    Upper Back

    Not clearly viewed but appeared darker compared to breast but lighter than the head.

    Lower Back & Rump

    Not clearly viewed.

    Wings

    Not viewed as bird remained on the water.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    White breast, reddish along flanks toward tail with white separating the reddish from the black undertail.

    Tail

    White along sides of tail. Tail extending slightly beyond wingtips.

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

    Bill shape and field marks viewed and photographed separate it from all other waterfowl species.

    Other Notes & Comments

    Male

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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