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Black Scoter

Melanitta nigra


Strongly resembles winter plumage Ruddy Duck, but is larger; and bill shape and nostril placement are different.


Prospect Lake is a large artificial reservoir in a city park amid urban residential neighborhoods. Habitat is mostly lawns with planted trees: elm, cottonwood, mixed conifers.


The Black Scoter is normally a seabird.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Nov 16, 2014
Submitted on Dec 1, 2014

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