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Re: GW Teal X Mallard drake at Santee Lakes, 20 Feb 2019

It's hard to tell from your photos, but it might be the same bird that has been reported there as a Gadwall x Mallard hybrid  or duck sp. since early last fall. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48695783
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52975997
Due to its large size, I wouldn't expect Green-winged Teal to be one of the parents.
Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA

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Subject: [SanDiegoRegionBirding] GW Teal X Mallard drake at Santee Lakes, 20 Feb 2019

 
There is a pretty spiffy looking  Green-winged Teal x Mallard (?) cross  drake at Santee Lakes, first spotted by Char Glacy and also seen by Sara Mayers, Barb Carlson,
Marcie Mason and myself this morning.  It was viewed from the children's artificial rock playground island on Lake 5 (there is bridge to island). Head is cinnamon and green, much like a Green-winged
Teal but cinnamon on cheek and neck is paler than crown, and with bordering black neck ring, and mottled  cinnamon breast. Flanks and wings pretty much uniform palish grey, black undertail coverts and tail separated from grey flanks by white vertical line;
bill size and shape more Mallard-like than Teal-like; bill mostly yellow with some darker markings.  I took some lousy digi-bins pcs with my phone, which are on our checklist at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52967445


Susan Smith 

Seiurus Biological  Consulting 
Del Mar, CA 
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Susan Smith
Seiurus Biological Consulting
Del Mar, CA


Brennan Mulrooney
Santee, CA
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