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TreeFrog

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Here's another of the larger sandpipers from my Oct. 16 post. I believe this is a Willet. Can anybody confirm?

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For the last two mornings, there have been about a hundred ducks in Eastern Lake. My "Audubon Field Guide to Florida" is about to go in the trash, 'cause this is yet another bird it doesn't identify.

They are really dark, nearly black, with an even blacker head and neck. Dark tan bill of medium length. They are feeding both by dabbling in the water and by diving. I wasn't close enough to see what they were eating.



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jodiFL

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My "Audubon Field Guide to Florida" is about to go in the trash, 'cause this is yet another bird it doesn't identify.
That is because they are migrating birds not native to Florida. From your description and from what I can see in the pic, they appear to be "?? winged teals"
 
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TreeFrog

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That is because they are migrating birds not native to Florida. From your description and from what I can see in the pic, they appear to be "?? winged teals"

I guess I gotta get a camera with a stronger zoom. It's hard to get a decent pic of a bird that isn't close enough to eat out of my hand.

The photos I've seen of green-winged and blue-winged teals show some white. These ducks don't have any.

OK, I don't think it's an American Black Duck. The photos of them online show a head and neck slightly lighter than the body. These are darker.

I'll keep trying.
 

Franny

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I saw these birds Saturday morning. I've tried in vain to identify them in my Audubon guide, but I believe they are both some type of sandpiper. Does anyone know?

The larger one kept working that hole until it retrieved the ghost crab that was down there. It then took it out to the gulf and rinsed off the sand before swallowing it.

Notice that one of the littler ones only has one leg.

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They actually have two legs but keep one close to the body..have no clue why but have seen them release the other leg showing both legs...LOVE this thread!!:love:
 

jodiFL

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OK, I don't think it's an American Black Duck. The photos of them online show a head and neck slightly lighter than the body. These are darker.

I'll keep trying.
I am too.:D There sure are alot of pics of ducks on Google:rotfl:

OHOH I think I might have found it... a COOT
 
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jodiFL

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That is a pretty bird. :D
Arent they?:D I lived at a lake in Destin years ago and every winter HUNDREDS of them stayed in the lake all winter and I loved just watching them.They will dive completely under then pop up a few feet away.
 
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