Field Notes

David Fix
40. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 12:15 am

Another birder once pointed out to me a most obscure behavior that can affect scaup identification. As Lesser Scaup compress air from their plumage in the instant before they dive, their feathers are flattened, and they look round-headed; that peaked-crown look we rely on in Lesser Scaup is erased. The occasional male Lesser with dull but definite greenish head iridescence (..they're out there..) can look astonishingly like male Greater Scaup at such a moment.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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