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Old Sunday 21st October 2007, 22:33   #1
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Scoters? Ottawa, ON

We saw a group of about 20 diving ducks on the Ottawa River this afternoon. There seems to be a mixture of species, and I think most of them are Scoters. Unfortunately they were not all that close to the shore.

Any thoughts on what they are? And are there any White-winged Scoters mixed in?

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Old Sunday 21st October 2007, 22:35   #2
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Old Sunday 21st October 2007, 22:43   #3
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Most look like immature or female White-winged Scoters to me (sloping foreheads, two white spots on the head, white in wing); there's a male in 084 (2nd from the left, with the white eye).
The bird on the left in picture 039 might be a Surf Scoter, but I wouldn't dare to call that one.
I can't tell what the 3rd bird from the left in 084 is.
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Old Monday 22nd October 2007, 03:21   #4
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Hard to say where that white is on Xenospiza's possible Surf, but I can't really say which way the head is pointing, so I'd go for all White-winged.
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Great, thanks for the confirmation! I thought some of them might be white-winged scoters, but wanted to know for sure as this bird was a lifer!
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