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  1. Rough-winged Gadwall?

    No de-icing crew available and flight surfaces may be temporarily affected so all departures delayed (the hanging lump of ice a major potential impact on aerodynamics).

    The male (and female) both appear to have frozen to the ice overnight. No immediate danger and milder temperatures imminent.

    PS. Re. the last post - I am a big fan of Linda (wonderful person) and can recommend the recent CNN documentary.

    Gadwall droopy wings HVT-754426.jpg

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  2. Thanks Tony, very much appreciated.

    First bird seemed somewhat more delicate with a smaller bill than the typical Herring, but I was not hopeful as I know they vary a lot.

    Second bird I was fairly sure but I always get confirmation for a new bird.

    Third bird puzzled me with the absence of real black in the primaries, maybe lighting, but again I was not too hopeful.

    Thanks again.

  3. 1 hour ago, akiley said:

    Nothing in the pic elicits even a slightly raised heartbeat

    Ouch, that hurts (only joking) and a response to Tony - two really nice looking adults (@akiley, I did reference the Glaucous in my original post), and yes I agree they are quite large, appeared around 7.00am this morning ahead of the impending ice storm here in Ontario, and they did actually raise my heartbeat - really gloomy morning but they were a very nice sight).

    For background I have been trying to get photos locally of an Iceland (hence my misplaced enthusiasm), a Lesser Black-backed and also some local Screech Owls (tried at 6.00am last week in the dark but no luck  - this YT video has spurred me on to try harder.

    Please excuse the digression (I've been looking for an excuse to sneak this one in), but for me this is what birding is all about.

    I try to stick strictly to ID topics on this forum but now and again wander off course.



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  4. 1 minute ago, Tony Leukering said:

    At least most are Greaters.

    Not wishing to push my luck but I did read the pdf on Scaups you recently shared (I would suggest this is required reading), and have subsequently lost most of my faith in my Scaup ID skills (a good thing). I am now much more cautious about my eBird Scaup IDs.

    Does the top right bird in the first two photos suggest Lesser, or not identifiable - so Greater/Lesser?

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