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Lesser Scaup?

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5 hours ago, Seanbirds said:


Sorry, northwest MA.

3 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

Thanks, that's quite helpful!  I'm very much still working on my migrating duck ID here.  In fact, if you don't mind, I'll utilize your expertise for a couple more that I have been struggling with...

The first two pictures are of a bird that I'd tentatively call a Lesser Scaup.  My best guess for this third picture is a transitional RNDU, but again I'm very uncertain.  Thanks for your help.





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The bird on the left in the first two photos of the second set looks like a Ring-necked to me (all the ID characteristics - head profile, white eye-ring, bill patch and plumage on the side with the spur except I can't see a white band on the bill, maybe a hint of one in the second photo).

Don't rely on me though so wait for backup.


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1 hour ago, Tony Leukering said:

The first two pix of second set have Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, and Lesser Scaup. The third has Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, and Common Merganser.

Thanks.  It's great to get closure on these birds.  I will continue to work on my Scaup ID!


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