Bird Observer: The Birding Journal for New England

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

February 2017

Vol. 45, No. 1

At a Glance: December 2016 Revealed

Wayne R. Petersen


David M. Larson

Regular readers of Bird Observer may recall that the October issue’s mystery bird was a waterfowl, a female Common Eider. For December I am once again featuring a duck, a fact that I am readily disclosing because unlike the duck in the last issue, its features are unambiguous. The combination of its chunky shape, relatively flat and round-tipped bill shape, and prominent white on the wing remove all other species except possibly a Black Guillemot, which would show a sharp pointed bill and noticeably less blocky shape. No, this is a real duck!

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