Hi all, I am a relatively new birder and wondered whether it's rare or not to see a Redhead duck in Abbotsford at this time of year. I am 90% sure I saw a male at Willband today in the southeast pond, hanging out with some mallards. I was close enough to see a yellowish eye through binoculars and the size and head shape didn't seem to fit with canvasback, which I have seen at Willband before. This was around 1 pm July 23. Has anyone been there recently and seen a duck fitting this description?
I don't know enough to absolutely rule out GW Teal but I think this duck was larger. It also didn't have the white vertical stripes on the sides of the breast that the teals have.
I believe that Gabi had a Redhead somewhat recently at Willband (July 2) so chances are the same bird is still around. I'd say they're rare in the valley during the summer (eBird shows no records). Definitely something worth noting.