The sixth image seems to show a fair old bump on the bill. stejnegeri?
Still present this morning as 'White-winged Scoter'. Does this mean it has been confirmed as deglandi or are they lumping stejnegeri under 'WwS'?
I thought that stejnegeri had been raised to specific status? Mind you not even Dutch Birding has split it - it is still treated as subspecies of Melanitta deglandi.
Last edited by Brian S; March 10th, 2011 at 10:17 AM.
I hadn't realised the two had been split; I thought they were still together under White-winged Scoter. Perhaps a record such as this is enough to spur the relevant committees in to a review.
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca
White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra
Black Scoter Melanitta americana
I'd doubt that this record will make the committees do anything; it is mainly up to the AOU and Russian committees, as that's where they breed and may or may not intergrade. The Irish committee will likely just accept whatever they do.
And may well decide to do the same here. And there is only one committee involved.
Great bird by the look of it and I look forward to seeing it (fingers crossed).
Fair play to all involved. Excellent find.
Did Dave Pullan have a "White winged Scoter" on a Scottish Highland loch in the late 1980s?