Monday, August 19, 2002

Ring-necked Duck Still Present

The Ring-necked Duck that I reported from Berkeley County yesterday is still present. It is in a pond on the Stonebridge Golf Course adjacent to Caledonia Drive. I saw it twice toady, at 6:45 AM and at 2:00 PM. It appeared to be in nearly the same spot that I observed it yesterday. On all three occasions, the bird was been sitting upright on it's tarsi in very shallow water at the very edge of the pond (very uncharacteristic behavior for a healthy diving duck), and has been preening it's breast and belly feathers. The out-of-season occurrence and strange behavior suggest that the bird is sick or injured.

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