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Breeding plumage. Red on back of neck, brown mostly on upper parts with some gold color streaks. Flanks and breast also brown with white belly. Long thin bill.
This one was found in a marsh pond near the bay
In SF bay these are considered rare, in the past there has been some off and on spottings. A few days ago the Dept of F&G did a count in Don Edwards Wildlife Perserve and came up with about 500 birds in the ponds.
Spotted on May 5, 2013
Submitted on May 6, 2013