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Guillemot?

Observed: 2nd December 2011 By: kwl49
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Thought Guillemot, unsure now, another photo near a Wigeon for size comparison.

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ophrys's picture

Impossible

Impossible to say what this is from the angle shown. Do you have anything to give us more chance?!

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?

That's it i'm afraid. Along with the earlier post. The bird in question is on the left of the picture, not the Wigeon in the centre.

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My error, sorry

I wrongly assumed it was the bird in the centre, sorry.

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Wigeon

As I have suggested on the other picture, I think that a female Wigeon is the most likely answer. The grey bill with a dark tip is correct for a Wigeon, and the size and association with a male all point to this ID.

Edit: Actually, this picture makes it look a bit small. Not sure!

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Lot's of Wigeon at this time

Lot's of Wigeon at this time of year at Scalby Mills. Pretty sure this is not a Wigeon. Don't know!!!

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Wigeon

It is one of those pictures which will never be tied down as there is just not enough to go on. From your first picture, I do reckon Wigeon is the answer (females do have a large white underside, and I think a bit of brown is visible on the flank...and the bill fits).

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I'll take that as an answer,

I'll take that as an answer, thank you.

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Tufted Duck

After a bit of digging, I now believe the bird on the left and on the other photo to be a Tufted Duck, what do you think?

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Could be?

I though about that originally, but it is an unusual place for a Tufted Duck, and the presence of other Wigeon nearby made that more likely. It could be, though; in reality, you will never know for sure!

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