March 7--9: For the past few days a bird with obvious Baikal Teal heritage has been seen in various corners of the Nanaimo River Estuary. First reported to the world as a Baikal Teal, closer inspection and online research has led most to believe that the bird is likely a hybrid Baikal Teal x Northern Pintail hybrid/backcross.
Because I'm wiped from a weekend of rainy birding and teacher's college assignments, I'm going to put the full report off until tomorrow.
Expect a full breakdown of the bird itself (with actual photos!) and why it is likely a hybrid, as well as an introspective look at the art of rarity-seeking, rarity-chasing, and how it relates to the 'Birder's Psyche."
Oooo, sounds like an interesting post!
Apologies to those who traveled great distances to try and find this bird. Granted it's the name of the game, but I'm sorry for the mistake nonetheless.