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Common Eider, First Summer Male

September 16, 2023

This first summer Common Eider male duck had me befuddled for a time primarily due to the yellow on the bill. I wrestled between Common Eider and White-winged Scoter for a time but the lack of field marks for a White-winged Scoter had it removed as a possibility.

I don't often see Common Eiders alone. This example was fishing close enough to shore to allow for decent photographs.

Common Eider, First Summer Male

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