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Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra), Saguaro Lake Marina, Maricopa County

This female Black Scoter was found 18 February 2006 by Jeff Rusinow and Sam Fried. Black Scoter is casual in Arizona. Prior to 2005, there were only seven accepted AZ records. According to "Birds of Phoenix and Maricopa County" (1997) the only previous county records occurred in November 1975 when up to 3 were present. It is on the Arizona Bird Committee's review list.




19 February 2006 photo by Kurt Radamaker


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