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Hello, Forum and Happy New Year. It was a gloomy weekend in NYC and I had a lot of trouble identifying a large number of ducks spotted off Pelham Bay in the bronx. I want to say that most of the birds in these photos are Scaups, but I'm not sure. If they are, then of course I'd love to know if anyone can tell me if they're Greater or Lesser. There's a couple other random ducks in these photos that I think are Gadwalls or American Blacks,  and a couple Red Breasted Mergansers Any and all help would be greatly appreciated and I thank you!

 

PHOTO NUMBER 1

49379284058_39470feb01_o.jpgDSC_0249 copy by degibox, on Flickr

 

PHOTO NUMBER 2 (Same individual a photo #1)

49379938582_d3858d9cf3_o.jpgDSC_0279 copy by degibox, on Flickr

 

PHOTO NUMBER 3

49379738471_aab2e90373_o.jpgDSC_0318 copy by degibox, on Flickr

 

PHOTO NUMBER 4

49379938532_10f806741d_c.jpgDSC_0464 copy by degibox, on Flickr

 

PHOTO NUMBER 5

49379337958_4eb97ac072_c.jpgDSC_0444 copy 2 by degibox, on Flickr

 

PHOTO NUMBER 6

49379799386_682c9d4ec6_c.jpgDSC_0457 copy 3 by degibox, on Flickr

 

PHOTO NUMBER 7

49379999732_57ce1b97bd_c.jpgDSC_0453 copy by degibox, on Flickr

 

PHOTO NUMBER 8

49379347008_326ae08273_c.jpgDSC_0442 copy by degibox, on Flickr

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Most of the scaup look like Greater, but it's difficult to confirm given these photos alone.

1-2. Bufflehead

3-4. Lesser/Greater Scaup

5. Scaup + Red-breasted Merganser

6. Scaup

7-8. Scaup + Gadwall

 

 

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9 minutes ago, FineFeatheredFriends said:

I just read Greater generally  stick to saltwater and Lesser to freshwater. Can anyone confirm? That would make these Greater for sure. 

That’s generally true, although there’s some overlap so I wouldn’t rely on that alone for an ID. With that being said, I’d feel pretty confident calling most of these Greater based on head and bill shape. 

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Looks like one lone red breasted female in the last pic,just to the left of center behind the gadwall

edit- actually there is another in front of the gadwall also..although,they could be commons...

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20 hours ago, FineFeatheredFriends said:

I just read Greater generally  stick to saltwater and Lesser to freshwater. Can anyone confirm? That would make these Greater for sure. 

It actually depends upon where you are. Lesser Scaup are quite common saltwater in winter in the southern US.

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On 1/14/2020 at 10:45 AM, Tony Leukering said:

It actually depends upon where you are. Lesser Scaup are quite common saltwater in winter in the southern US.

Thank you for this information. These birds were in NYC! 🙂

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