Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
One – Male
East Baton Rouge Parish – Pond on west side of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Closest building C. B. Pennington, Jr. Biomedical Building.
February 19, 2014
1:10-1:30 PM CST.
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
Bird seen by many observers including Eric Liffman and J. V. Remsen.
Sun reasonably high with light from the west. Light clouds.
Swift 10 x 42 water proof binoculars in good condition.
About 100 yards.
Watched the bird on and off for about 15 minutes from west side of pond and later for about 5 minutes from the east side of the pond.
Excavated pond, at least 30 acres in size.
Bird was observed to dive at least 5 times when viewing it from the west. Later, it was preening and resting on the surface when viewed from the east.
Blocky black bird. Had white tear drop around eyes. Small, but distinct white wing patch seen on several occasions. Bill knobby at base. Roughly half of bill appeared to be whitish-pinkish.
Could not hear bird even if it were vocalizing.
Black and Surf scoters - dark body, bill shape, white tear drop eye patch separated it from the scaup and Surf Scoters in the raft.
Images will be submitted to LBRC in due course.
I have encountered White-winged Scoters on several occasions in Louisiana and have seen them in Alaska in 2007 and 2010.
2-19-14. 1:10 PM CST. White-winged Scoter. Male in front of C. B. Pennington, Jr. Biomedical Building, Baton Rouge, EBR Parish. Black. White wing patch. Knobby bill. White eye crescents. Periodically diving. 1:25 PM preening. Aware of my presence. Moved away when walking and when in front of building.