Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2006-14a(R82)
(Transcribed by M. G. Moody)
Black Scoter (Common Scoter)
|Scientific name:||Melanitta nigra|
|Date:||November 13, 1982|
|Time:||9:30 A.M. to 10:05 A.M.|
|Length of time observed:||[35 min.]|
|Location:||Antelope Island - Gt. Salt Lake Causeway|
|Distance to bird:||15 yards (closest) to 75 yds.|
|Optical equipment:||7 x 50 Binocs; 20 x spotting scope|
|Description: Size of bird:||About the same size as a wigeon or a redhead (13-14 inches)|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||Duck-shaped (not as chunky looking as a golden eye, but longer than a ruddy)|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||Crown was very dark, almost blackish & contrasted with a smudgy white cheek that extended into neck region before blending with darker brownish gray breast. Tack & flanks were all brownish-gray.|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||Uniformly dark gray. Shape- not as heavy as in other scoter sp. & not like a Ruddy Duck either.|
Field Marks and
Wings: Dark brownish black - In flight , due to sex of bird & inadequate
light the paler flight feathers were somewhat muted.
Tail: Shortish & dark.
Feet: darkish & Blackish
|Song or call & method of delivery:||No Sounds|
Observed it swimming on water. Then it would dive & surface 10-20 yards
away from where it went down.
Flew a couple of times, so we knew it wasn't an injured bird.
|Habitat:||Open water on the Gt. Salt Lake, south side of the causeway about 1/2 mile from Antelope Island.|
were they eliminated:
Ruddy Duck - Size is smaller
Coloration of female: white cheek patch is whiter & restricted to cheek area.
Breast coloration is lighter brown.
Size - Ruddy is smaller
Flight - Ruddy really patters across water to get airborne. This one was smoother in getting off water & didn't show lighter underparts as does the ruddy. Longish profile in flight compared to ruddy.
this & similar species:
|None - Lifer|
|Description from:||Notes made during observation|
|Observer's address:||1063 East 400 North, Orem, Ut. 84057|
|Observer's e-mail address:|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Mark Bromley, Mike Tove, Ella Sorensen|
|Date prepared:||Nov. 13|
|Additional comments:||2nd state record|