Jan 06 2013

Fortuitous Fulvous

Published by at 7:30 am under Beyond Bounds,Water and Shore

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been to Wakodahatchee Wetlands so often in late December that it’s pretty hard for me to see a Life Bird(*) there, but bad weather did me a favor.

Our Florida vacation was supposed to end on the day after Christmas but if you remember the weather on December 26 a winter storm was wreaking havoc on everyone’s travel plans in Pittsburgh.  Our flight was canceled.  We were forced to stay in Florida one more day.

Of course I went birding.  I tried to find razorbills at Boynton Beach Inlet but the big flocks had already left for the Gulf Coast.  (Read here about the razorbills’ amazing invasion in Florida.)

On the 27th I had just a few hours to absorb birds so I went to Wakodahatchee.

Among the flocks of adult and juvenile black-bellied whistling ducks there was a bird that didn’t match.  I checked my field guide and behold!  A Life Bird!  A fulvous whistling-duck.

If I hadn’t been there that morning I wouldn’t have seen him.  Too bad I had to spend an extra day in sunny Florida.  ;)

(photo from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)

 

p.s. Some definitions:
A “Life Bird” is a species I’ve never seen before in my whole life.
Fulvous is a color — the color of this duck.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Fortuitous Fulvous”

  1. Bonnie Jeanneon 06 Jan 2013 at 8:36 am

    That’s a pretty bird! I want a dress in the color fulvous.

    I’m glad you had a good story to go with that storm … what a mess it made of travel! We ended up having to stay overnight in Wilkes Barre on our drive home from Massachusetts on the 26th. There were no pretty birds.

  2. Mary Jo Bermanon 06 Jan 2013 at 8:55 am

    Lucky duck or luckier birder ?

  3. Joshon 06 Jan 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations on the new life bird! That’s a cool duck with an even cooler name.

  4. kcon 07 Jan 2013 at 10:18 am

    That’s one aspect of birding I love. It’s a grand treasure hunt.
    You just never know what the treasure is going to be.

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