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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Identification of NORTH AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in first-year plumage

Here is a young drake photographed in Wisconsin, with Redheads and Buffleheads (Eric)

David Cooper kindly emailed these superb images of a first-year HORTH AMERICAN WHITE-WINGED SCOTER taken this May off Point Pelee in Canada. Although the head and bill profile are very similar to our Aberdeenshire drake, it is interesting how extensive the white patch is around the eye.