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Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! "Fall Ducks and Draughts" Trip Report, 10/20/19.

One of our most instructive “Birds on Tap – Roadtrip!” is our annual favorite, “Fall Ducks and Draughts.” It provides ample opportunity for studying a lot of ducks, including the chance to really get to know Greater vs. Lesser Scaup – one of the bigger challenges in the bird identification world. This year, we also had ample opportunity to study malt-forward beers vs. hop-forward beers, adding to the educational experience of the tour.

It was an absolutely perfect day for birding the famous Sabattus Pond – glass-calm and with just enough clouds to reduce glare and heat shimmer. While the total of 11 species of waterfowl was right around average for this hotspot, the highlight was having the time to study enjoy virtually all of them. A pair of American Wigeons was the least expected sighting, and the estimate 500