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Leucistis Surf Scoter

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  • Matthew Matthiessen
    Made a quick trip to the north coast yesterday (Sunday, July 29) to see the surfsquaw that s been at Ward Ave for the past few days. It was still there in the
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      Made a quick trip to the north coast yesterday (Sunday, July 29) to see
      the surfsquaw that's been at Ward Ave for the past few days. It was
      still there in the large raft of Surf Scoters. It's easy to see why
      this bird was initially identified as a Long-tailed Duck. The head is
      eerily similar to LTDU but it's definitely a SURF SCOTER. The body is
      that of a normal SUSC but the head is entirely white except for a dark
      patch at the base of the bill and extending behind and below the eye.
      If you're into albinistic or leucistic birds, this individual is
      definitely worth a look.

      Other birds of interest were a MARBLED GODWIT at Ward Ave and another
      at Ten Mile River. Also at Ten Mile River was a DUNLIN. Two WANDERING
      TATTLERS were at Laguna Point. And at Virgin Creek Beach were a pair of
      RUDDY TURNSTONES and six HARLEQUIN DUCKS.

      - Matthew Matthiessen
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