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  An American Avocet and a Cinnamon Teal

Published: October 24, 2019
Tags: Rarities, american avocet, cinnamon teal

We had two nice rarities pop into our region this past week.

On the 20th, an escaped albeit, unproven, Cinnamon Teal was seen on a Buffalo Ornithological Society field trip at the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant.  I went to see it only because it's such a beautiful bird (a gorgeous male) and they are very rare for our region.  I only saw one once before on my 2015 trip to Arizona.

And today, only four days later, local birder, Mike Zebehazy, found a lone American Avocet in a small pond in the Hamburg / Woodlawn area.  I had been looking hard for this species since July and never did catch up to one.  Although they are much prettier in the summer months, I was still thrilled to get the chance to see one again.  Thanks, Mike!

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Adult male Cinnamon Teal

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American Avocet stretching

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American Avocet

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American Avocet - it shows a pretty deep upward curve to the bill, so I'm guessing it might be a female.

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