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#ABArare – Masked Duck – Oklahoma

Though an ABA Code 3 bird, Masked Duck is novel enough to include in this spot as it has been fairly scarce in recent years. On September 17, Joe Grzybowski discovered a female at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in Tillman County, Oklahoma. In addition to being a good bird for the ABA Area, this is a 1st record for Oklahoma, pending acceptance.

Hackberry Flat WMA is located about an hour southwest of Lawton, Oklahoma, near the town of Hollister. The bird was seen in the Weir Unit, near the Visitor Center.

Masked Duck is a small, secretive, stiff-tailed duck, widespread throughout the Neotropics. Most records in the ABA Area come from Florida and Texas, where the species has bred in the past. They are sporadic and prone to irruptions, in which they can even be locally common. Outside of Texas and Florida, the species is very rare, with records from Georgia (1962), North Carolina (1982) and Pennsylvania (1984).

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