The Falcated Teal…Errr….Duck

When I heard about the Falcated Duck yesterday, I immediately called Jon Dunn to give him a heads up.  Our conversation went something like this, “Hey, Jon, where are you”

“I’m in Conneault, Ohio.”

“Oh so you located the Black-tailed Gull? Well anyway there’s a Falcated Teal in California!”


“Of course it’s a duck…do you have it on your state list?  Falcated Teal would be huge for my Big Year”

“Falcated Duck (true to form JLD is a stickler for correct pronunciation).

We discussed this topic for a few minutes then the conversation quickly turned to politics.  Anyways, old habits die hard and I still call the duck by it’s old name, but it is as large as a Gadwall so Falcated Duck is much more appropriate than Falcated Teal.  A handsome duck it was indeed, the green head glistened brightly in the sunlight. The tertial feathers on it’s backside flowed out and over the rump.  A life bird and year-bird number 739 for me.

I’m spending the night at the home of my old high school buddy, John Sensenbaugh, who was kind enough to cook a great Italian dish.  Tomorrow I take it easy though will meet Doug Koch and try to photograph the Ruff in southern Sonoma County.  Then it’s preparation time for the Sunday pelagic trip where my target is Steller’s Albatross…errr…Short-tailed Albatross.



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15 Responses to The Falcated Teal…Errr….Duck

  1. Rueben Lebeef says:

    What’s the status/plan for the rufous-capped warbler?

  2. Lamarr Eddings says:

    Glad I’m not the ony one!
    Old dogs……new tricks ????

  3. Sam Plew says:

    Don’t forget the Rufous-capped Warbler is yours for the picking. John, I truly believe you can do this! I keep checking my yard for a Swallow-tailed Gull or Great Spotted Wooodpecker,.. nothing so far… :)

  4. John Vanderpoel says:


    I fly to Tucson early Monday morning.

  5. Louise McCullough says:

    Hi John

    I was there seeing the Duck yesterday hoping you would arrive then, but I missed you.

    Best of luck.


  6. Vincent Lucas says:

    BTW, it’s “Conneaut” as you know, having lived in NE OH previously. I thought you already had the Black-tailed Gull on your Big Year list?

  7. Bill Kaempfer says:

    Is Dusky Thrush back in play?

  8. D says:

    I sent you an e mail about a Dusky Thrush in Anchorage today. I missed it but am optimistic for tomorrow.

  9. Brad Meiklejohn says:

    Dusky Thrush reported in Anchorage today.

    If you need more eyes for your Adak trip I would be interested.

  10. Bob Ake says:

    With the appearance of Dusky Thrush, I think the stars are aligning. BTW if you need help with options for Great Skua from the East Coast, let me know.

  11. Scott Vanderpoel says:

    The laypeople like me don’t understand this bird humor. Write about cartel members with guns again…

  12. Rick Whitman says:

    I’ve been thinking that this is more exciting than the movie. Seriously. The ups, downs, failures / un-failures (Greylag Goose), the contras, the closed island (San Clemente), a target bird eaten by a shrike, a twice cancelled pelagic, a ticking calendar with a near-perfect intersection with a growing count ….

    Wow !! Go get ‘em John.

  13. Tom Eshelman says:

    Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

  14. John Vanderpoel says:

    Thanks Rick.

  15. John Vanderpoel says:


    We could certainly use more eyes at Adak.

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