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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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Few birds from coastal MA

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1) Red-throated loon?

- There were several red-throated loons with clean white throats. This one seems to be showing a little patch of red. Also I think the bill looks thin enough to not be a Common loon.

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2) Another red-throated loon (juvenile)?

- Again based on bill size. Also throat color.

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3) Red-necked grebe?

- Has a dirtier white face when compared to the Horned Grebe I saw earlier

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4) A female white winged scoter or surf scoter?

- The white face matches seem to match white-winged, but the head doesn't seem sloped enough

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5) Some scoter but not sure which one

- The scoter in first two photos was associating with other white-winged scoters making me believe it is one of them. However, the lack of any white face patches is confusing me.

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(With a male white-winged scoter)

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(This one was taken much earlier, so this could be different bird. The bird in question is the left-most bird)

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6) Black-bellied plover?

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7) Besides a duck, I'm not sure

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1. yes and you can even seen a bit of the breeding plumage red on its throat.

2. yes

3. yes

4. tricky because the face patches look good for a Surf - the front one looks more vertical than horizontal - but the bill looks better for a WW... ?

5. that's a female WW Scoter, presumably an adult, with really faint face patches 

6. yes

7. hmmm... with that yellow bill it almost has to be a Mallard, but ?

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#4 is a White-winged. Yes, the spot ends rather vertically, which isn't typical of them. However, the feathers clearly extend beyond that white spot, well out onto the bill. On Surf Scoters, the feathers end in a rectangular base to the bill, with a spur down the top of the bill.

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6 minutes ago, psweet said:

#4 is a White-winged. Yes, the spot ends rather vertically, which isn't typical of them. However, the feathers clearly extend beyond that white spot, well out onto the bill. On Surf Scoters, the feathers end in a rectangular base to the bill, with a spur down the top of the bill.

agreed

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