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reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 9, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8922525

A new bird on one of the ponds this a.m. and it's something I've not seen before. I've looked through my Sibley's and I'm not seeing anything that fits it. Has a yellow eye, scoter-like. Taken from some distance.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8922529

Greater Scaup, female.

Resin
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 9, 2011
8:40 AM

Post #8922575

Thanks for your help, Resin. I have a local expert who thinks it's a molting male Goldeneye. I'm conflicted.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2011
9:17 AM

Post #8922615

Wrong head shape, and much too long a bill, for a Goldeneye (they have short stubby bills).

Resin
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

December 9, 2011
9:12 PM

Post #8923435

Agree with female Greater Scaup.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

December 12, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8926290

I'm with you guys on scaup. Just never seen one with this much white on the lores.

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