In addition to the adult male, a subadult male and a female were also seen
today in the same area, along with Harlequin Ducks, a Common Goldeneye, and
several thousand Greater Scaup.

I spent a decent amount of time trying to relocate the hundreds to
thousands of Lesser Scaup that have been reported by multiple observers at
this location lately. We all know that Greater is the saltwater species,
and there are rarely any other Aythya species in the area, but yes there
was the recent little Ice Age and some Lessers did make it to the coast.
Today I was only able to locate a single pair that looked right for Lesser
Scaup. Now there were many scaup that were in bad lighting or too far to
observe, but I implore anyone submitting Lesser to eBird to provide photos
or give a very thorough description. There are over 50 recent checklists
from the Jones Inlet area that include Lesser Scaup but until today none
had any photos nor any discussion of the difficult identification.

My point is that this was a remarkable waterfowl movement event and it
needs to be documented accurately. Also the eBird review system can only
generate one "Question about your Lesser Scuap" email at a time and
reviewer are unpaid volunteers, so please think of them too!

Today's checklist:

Happy birdwatching,

On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 5:15 PM, Peter Reisfeld <> wrote:

> The male King Eider was present again today at Point Lookout near the
> second westernmost jetty.   Though the temperatures were mild, the waters
> were pretty choppy, making spotting challenging at times.  So I considered
> myself lucky to get some passable video of the bird.
> When reviewing my footage, I noted an interesting eider-like bird.  I
> suspect it was an immature common eider, as it had a black cap and some
> white on the back. But its bill seemed on the small side (particularly
> compared to a nearby eider), in some frames it seemed to have a bit of a
> yellow to orangish hue, and it had an “uncommon” smile-like facial
> pattern.  I wondered if it might be a common-king hybrid.  I linked a photo
> and video of the bird, as well as a video of the king eider to my ebird
> post:
>  Wishing you good birds,
> Peter
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