Monday, 14 December 2015

The Lleiniog Scoter

Alan Roebuck reported through Martin an interesting Scoter a few weeks back off Lleiniog near Beaumaris. It had a lot of yellow on it's bill and he was wondering if it could be an American Black Scoter. However several days back he got this diagnostic shot of the bird which shows it to be a Common Scoter with extensive yellow on it's bill. If it was an American Black Scoter it would have a much larger knob and the yellow would be confined to the bulbous knob where-as this photo shows the yellow to be very extensive over most of the bill. A nice looking bird and one to be aware of  in Black -Scoter ID pit-falls, similar to Chris Jones's bird at Criccieth a few years back. Thanks Alan.

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