misidentified dead duck (not a Montezuma Cty White-winged Scoter)
- Dear Fellow Birders,
When we looked at Dean's quick photos of the dead duck, we realized
it is too small to be a scoter, even an immature bird as we at first
thought. Therefore, we aren't sure just what it was. Most field
guides don't show a lot of ventral views of dead birds. The tail
seems much too short to be a Ruddy Duck, the bill doesn't look like
that of a scaup and the bird seems too small for even a Lesser Scaup.
We apologize for the misidentification and confusion.
Dean and Mona Hill
Lewis, Montezuma County, CO