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Seen at Port San Luis, Near Avila Beach, CA on Dec. 1st. Two have been seen in the area with Black Scoter and Harlequin Duck.

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Yes, this is a White-winged Scoter. Just based on the silhouette, the head seems blocky, very much like a typical Surf. But this bird is in a erect position, which is probably forming its head into this shape. Note how this bird still has a sloping forehead, which is typical of WWSC.

Based on the photos alone, one can make out a mostly feathered bill, WWSC-shaped bill, unraised tail, and white conspicuous wingpatch that is absent in Surf/Black. Also, note how this bird is noticeably bulkier than the Surf in front of it.

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