I have just uploaded some pictures of an odd scoter on Surfbirds, viewable via the attached link
I have also emailed a few folk with the covering note -
'On Sunday January 11th I was birding in east Highland region, Scotland at Embo checking through seaduck with work colleague Pete Moore.
I soon located a scoter with a bright orange bill that immediately rang alarm bells. Quickly it was apparent that it wasn’t a vagrant Black scoter ‘americana’, but didn’t tally as a ‘nigra’ either.I recalled a record of a possible hybrid Surf x Common Scoter and on getting home today found the reference, Birding Scotland Vol 1:88 where Dave Pullan describes a similar from Findhorn in Scotland in 1995. Possibly at least a similar type individual.
Has anyone else noted Scoter hybrids, or be willing to chip on potential parentage? Bill shape and colouration as well as birds structure (notably head and neck shape) all conflict with Common Scoter as illustrated in the attached digi-scoped images.
Interestingly Embo has had a Black scoter before and a cluster of the 8 UK records (21 sightings listed – but overlap suggesting just 8 birds) come from that Moray Firth area of Scotland.'