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Keith Hansen

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  1. Yes, female Scaup are very difficult. I live on the coast of Northern California where we enjoy both species. While the 'crest' on the Lesser can be subtle, it is still a little 'knot-like" and reminiscent of a tiny version of a Ring-necked Duck's 'crest', but of course VERY small. One thing that is subtle but apparent in this photo is the slight pale spot on the rear part of the cheek. This mark (if that is what it is) is diagnostic on worn female Greater Scaup. SO, if I HAD to put a name on this bird I would call it an adult female Greater Scaup, but would not bet my life on it. The first shot from the side shows what looks like a large nail to the bill, (good for Greater as well). Just a thought. Additionally, I have NO problem with the full round head shape for greater.

  2. Black Phoebe, (an Adult by the way as fresh Juveniles show rather cinnamon edges to the wing coverts). The white spot in the throat is an aberrant feature and the bird is great for a typical Black Phoebe. I will just say this, "Its parents were Black Phoebes".



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