December 31, 2008

White-winged Scoter at Thomas Reservoir

Yesterday we stopped at Thomas Reservoir in Erie on our way back from Denver.  A juvenile White-winged Scoter had been reported there a couple days ago.  There was a corner of the lake that wasn't frozen over, which harbored some waterfowl and gulls.  There were Canada Geese, a female Common Goldeneye, a pair of Mallards, lots of Ring-billed Gulls, and the White-winged Scoter!  The only White-winged Scoter we’d seen previously was on the Upper Texas Coast last spring and it was a very distant view.

White-winged Scoter with Canada Geese - by Marcel Such

White-winged Scoter - by Joel Such

White-winged Scoter - by Joel Such

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