Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra), Lake Pleasant, Maricopa County
This Black Scoter was
found by Kurt Radamaker on 21 December 2014 and photographed by Chris Rohrer on 29 December 2014
One of two present at this location.
Casual late fall through winter visitor to Arizona
though recently it has been annual, particularly along
the lower Colorado River.
cap contrasting with clean pale face, thick and long
sloping bill typical of scoters, and long all dark body.
The all dark flanks are a useful trait for telling this
species apart from similar basic plumaged male Ruddy
Ducks which would have paler, rufous-tinged flanks. Note
the pale yellow knob starting to form at the base of the
bill a feature typical of young males.
29 December 2014, photo by Chris RohrerAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 30 December 2014