Date: 11/17/20 4:14 pm From: danasiefer <danasiefer...> Subject: [ia-bird] black scoter or ruddy duck
Can someone please tell me if these are ruddy ducks or black scoters? I saw them on Storm Lake tonight at sunset, there were 5 of them. Some did not have the white face patch. This was the only photo that turned out in between waves.
Also, if they are ruddy ducks, what about their appearance gives away their ID? When I look at photos I can't decide and I have already mistaken one for the other this year.