Red-necked Phalarope, Portland, CT

Red-necked Phalarope - femaleMay 29-30:  Stopped at the Portland Fairgrounds along the Connecticut River to check out the breeding plumage female Red-necked Phalarope feeding there in a large rain puddle. In the afternoon here the lighting was awful, but the following morning conditions were perfect. Phalaropes are unusual among avian species in that the females are more colorful than the males.

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