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Photo taken today, Feb. 17,  Skidaway Island,  Chatham County, GA.

This lone individual has appeared for three years in a freshwater lagoon in the company of 25-30 Hooded mergansers here on the Island.

A friend says it's a Lesser scaup.    Second opinions appreciated.

Thanks

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I agree. On Skidaway you might have better luck with Greater at the Wilmington River, as they seem to prefer saltwater, or at least more open water. That said, there has been at least one individual (maybe returning?) at Lake Meyer Park near the Walmart/Sam's Club in Savannah every winter for about 8 years.

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4 hours ago, Liam said:

I agree. On Skidaway you might have better luck with Greater at the Wilmington River, as they seem to prefer saltwater, or at least more open water. That said, there has been at least one individual (maybe returning?) at Lake Meyer Park near the Walmart/Sam's Club in Savannah every winter for about 8 years.

Greaters like bigger bodies of water, Lessers like smaller. Easy to remember!

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Yeah, it's certainly not the rule and the preferences appear to vary by region. In Georgia, they are most common on the coast at or near the ocean, but are may be seen more frequently in smaller freshwater ponds because those park ponds get more birding exposure and the birds are closer. It's difficult to ID Aythya from a distance.

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