Date: 10/17/18 3:17 pm
From: Philip Kline <pgeorgekline...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Odd sea duck persists @ Seaside Cove--Eider retraction
I don't think it helps much with this bird, but the guide linked below is a
useful reference to bookmark.

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 2:33 PM Bob Archer <rabican1...> wrote:

> With the white speculum have to think of a variation of White-winged
> Scoter, juvenile, with lots of white on head. I don’t suppose young
> Stejneger’s Scoters show that much white on head. Eager to look at Reeber
> when I get home.
> Bob Archer
> On Oct 17, 2018, at 2:12 PM, DianaByrne <diana.byrne...> wrote:
> Here is a link to some digiscoped photos and animated GIFs (video clips)
> of the odd sea duck that David and I observed at The Cove in Seaside the
> morning:
> Diana Byrne
> Odd sea duck persists @ Seaside Cove--Eider retraction
> - *From*: David Bailey <davidcbaileyoregon@xxxxxxxxx>
> - *To*: "obol@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <obol@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> - *Date*: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:34:16 -0700
> Diana Byrne and I hiked out to past first point at The Cove (Seaside,
> Clatsop County) after Mike left for family errands. Just before eleven
> o'clock I relocated the pale-faced sea duck a fair ways out from shore to
> the north. It was loosely associating with an adult male White-winged
> Scoter. Diana got on the bird too and obtained digi-scoped photos and video
> of the subject. Today we were able to see the upperwing as the bird
> stretched its wings fully out a couple of times in excellent light. The
> bird showed bright white specula (speculums) that one would expect for
> White-winged Scoter. The bird appeared slightly smaller than the male WW
> Scoter nearby. The face, bill, and headshape did not connote a scoter at
> all, even though I tried to see it as such.
> I am still not sure what to make of the identification of this bird.
> Perhaps the most likely is that it is a female/immature White-winged Scoter
> with an oddly plumage face--the face is white the bill is gray; the dark at
> the hind crown extends from the back of the head to the eye in a narrow
> line; the head seems more rounded and the bill more dabbling-duck-like than
> scoter.... I would not dismiss the possibility of this duck being some sort
> of hybrid either, though I know that is probably the less likely
> explanation. The head just doesn't seem scoter. Again the distance that we
> viewed the bird did not allow detailed observation of subtle features and
> my impression of the head shape and bill may be an artifact of the lighting
> and the white-face etc. Diana will post photos and hopefully video that may
> reveal more details.
> I hope that the bird will afford closer observation as the season
> progresses. It has been very interesting so far and I for one have learned
> quite a bit.
> David
> David C. Bailey
> Seaside, Oregon

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