Re: Possible hybrid duck

Hilary Powers

On 12/12/2018 12:35 PM, verne_nelson@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
I photographed this duck yesterday at Ballena Bay in Alameda, but am
confused as to what it is. It seems to combine a female Surf Scoter
and possibly a Goldeneye. Or, it might just reflect my lack of skills
at bird ID.
It could be a first-winter male Common Goldeneye... but the beak seems too heavy, and it's lacking the white feathers along the edge below the eye. Crossed with a Black Scoter, perhaps?

Please let me know if you figure it out!

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