It was a beautiful day.
But I called this bird a Eurasian Teal.
I shared this image with a birder friend of ours and she said that it wasn't a Eurasian teal, because Eurasian teal don't exist.
I had called it a Eurasian teal for the following reason, cut and pasted from an email:
"Also she mentioned that I had taken pictures of what I thought was a Eurasian Teal.
Actually I didn’t think that there was such a thing, but the bird that I had a picture of didn’t look like a widgeon – starting with the fact that it was smaller than a widgeon - but it did look like a teal, and was the right size.
so I did a search and got this image gallery".
That notwithstanding, our friend knows a lot more about birds than my wife and I do, so she and I - my wife and I - in tandem did more research.
My wife got the prize for research that closed the case:
"We were puzzled about Teals, so I went to Sibley and discovered that there is a Eurasian (Common) Teal that’s a subspecies of Green-winged Teal. It’s a rare but regular visitor from Eurasia. They hang out among flocks of Green-winged Teal and look very much like the Green-winged with the following difference: The breeding male has a horizontal white scapular stripe, but no vertical white shoulder bar, which is an identifier of an adult breeding Green-winged Teal (Noel’s bird has that). Interestingly, an American x Eurasian intergrade adult male has both a white bar on its breast and a white stripe on the scapular.
So, you’re correct. Noel’s bird is definitely a Green-winged Teal."
I hope this has made your lives in covid-ville more enjoyable than they might otherwise have been.