|Common Name||Northern Shoveler|
|Scientific Name||Anas clypeata|
|Type of Report||Out-of-Season|
|Date of Observation||12/15/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Craig Provost|
|Mailing Address||P.O. Box 1241|
Stowe, VT 05672
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
|Latitude of Observation||44.252807|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.280256|
|Place Name||Long Point|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||12:24 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||10 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.
Foraging along ice edge. Did submerge head a few times.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|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.
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.
Not clearly viewed but appeared darker compared to breast but lighter than the head.
|Lower Back & Rump|
Not clearly viewed.
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.
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|
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|