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Confirm Scaup, Bufflehead & Goldeneye

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Hi all,

I went to the New Jersey shore last Monday (01/15) and, even though it was cold and windy, I had a lot of fun taking pictures of loons, merganser, gulls, etc ...

I need help confirming the species on the following pictures, taken at Shark River inlet and Manasquan inlet.

Picture #1: these are 2 Lesser Scaup males, right ?

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Picture #2: again, Lesser Scaups, both males and females, plus a female Bufflehead on the top of the picture? Even the bigger (?) guy on the right is a Lesser? I know both Greater and Lesser can be seen there.

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Picture #3: Here too, Lesser Scaups I think.

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Picture #4: Other Lesser Scaups with the Long-Tailed Ducks

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Picture #5: Is that a female Common Goldeneye with the 2 Long-Tailed Ducks?

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Picture #6: possibly the same Goldeneye, with two Lesser (?) Scaups ?

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Thanks for your help !

 

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Yes that is a Common Goldeneye. But it may be a first-year male if what looks like a faint white spot on the front of its face - where adult males have one - actually is one and not just due to lighting or something.

And yes I think that bigger male is a first-year Greater.

Nice photos of Long-tailed Ducks.

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23 hours ago, redcoot said:

I don't know about the goldeneye, but the rest do look correct! 

 

22 hours ago, douginBC said:

Yes that is a Common Goldeneye. But it may be a first-year male if what looks like a faint white spot on the front of its face - where adult males have one - actually is one and not just due to lighting or something.

And yes I think that bigger male is a first-year Greater.

Nice photos of Long-tailed Ducks.

Thanks for your help!

Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup and Common Goldeye, 3 photolifers in one photoshoots, that's great.

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8 hours ago, nick433 said:

The female on the left in the second pic looks like it could be a Greater.

 

Ok, I see that, more rounded head.

Thanks!

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