Date: 11/21/20 7:53 am
From: James V Remsen <najames...>
Subject: Re: [labird] Scoter ID?Capitol Lake?
Jay — in case you’re not familiar with the online resource “eBird", you can check these things for yourself by several ways, e.g. Explore > Hotspots > Capitol Lake/Arsenal, and then look at all photos from Recent Visits. Many show the white wing patch, and several of them show the head-bill pattern sufficiently to distinguish the two species without having to worry about oft-occluded wing patch. The head-bill difference are illustrated in all field guides, including even the oldest ones — you can pick up a used Peterson on Amazon for under $10.


Dr. J. V. Remsen
Emeritus Prof. of Natural Science and Curator of Birds
Museum of Natural Science/Dept. Biological Sciences
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

> On Nov 21, 2020, at 6:44 AM, Jay V Huner via <jay.huner1...> wrote:
> There was some discussion of the bird’s identity. When i viewed it yesterday, I concentrated on the facial pattern and never payed attention to the wings. I took a number of distant photos and after looking at them on my camera viewer, don’t see white wing patches with one exception where I might be seeing facial patches as the bird is preening.
> So maybe the bird is a Surf Scoter after all?
> Jay Huner

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