White-winged Scoter [Melanitta fusca] ~ 2016 #12

White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter ~ The Pier, White Rock, BC ~ Jan 24, 2016

On January 24, 2016 we took a trip to the pier in White Rock. Birding wise it was quite exciting for me as I saw many lifers on this day. Unfortunately I didn’t get as many good pictures as I would have liked, but did get enough to document what I had seen.

The first bird that I identified was the White-winged Scoter. I guess during the winter these birds can be commonly found around the Lower Mainland but I have never seen a Scoter before.  One blog I follow on WordPress is the Delta Nats Casual Birding and they had posted about an excursion to this site, which is what brought me to this site.

I was a little unsure about the id, but judging by the beak I’d say it’s definitely a Scoter, and the white patch on the wing tell me it’s a White-winged Scoter.  The male usually has a white spot at their eye, which I can’t really make out in any of the pictures I have, but perhaps they were mostly females and juveniles.

White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoters ~ The Pier, White Rock, BC ~ Jan 24, 2016

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