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Lesser Scaup has a slightly peaked crown, smallish blue bill with a touch of black on the tip, dark purple-brown head and breast, grey back, white flanks.
Winters along the west coast of north america in sheltered bays, and small lakes like Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. Breeds inland Alaska and northern Canada and all across the Canadian prairies and northern US on marches, small lakes and ponds.
I am having great difficulty deciding between Greater and Lesser Scaup here but photo #2 shows the peaked head of the Lesser as it was swimming away from me. So Lesser it is!
Spotted on Feb 3, 2014
Submitted on Feb 5, 2014