mandag den 4. februar 2013

American White-winged Scoter (deglandi), 2.2.2013, Blaavandshuk, Denmark

Distant and pour quality photos I acknowledge; however, together with the more convincing photos on Netfugl taken by the original finder Troels Eske Ortvad, they document a first for Denmark. It is an American White-winged Scoter (deglandi) and please note how the head shape even in the dodgy photos differs from what was seen on the Stejneger's Scoter (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri) seen at the same site on October 17, 2010. The head shape also matches the deglandi on the beautiful plate from: Garner, M., Lewington, I. & Rosenberg. G. 2004 Stejneger’s Scoter in the Western Palaearctic and North America. Birding World Vol.17:8 (337-347). Nice bird and a very good find.

Note that the flanks appear to be brown as in deglandi

... again note the brown flanks

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