Orange County White-winged Scoters, 04/22/19

I love scoters. I particularly love scoters when they are found locally. But, I had mixed feelings this morning when Kathy Ashman reported 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Wickham Lake. It was early in the day when she reported them, and I was convinced they wouldn’t stick around until the evening when I got out of work. Well, fortunately I was wrong and the birds were still present when I arrived around 6 pm. They were quite distant, so I took a walk on the trail that runs along the east side of the lake to try for a better vantage point and some better photos. I didn’t get anything great, but it was a definite improvement from the tiny specks I had in the camera initially. These were the first scoters I’ve had in the county this year. Huge thanks to Kathy for finding and reporting the birds!

~ One of the 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Wickham Lake this evening, 04/22/19.~
~White-winged Scoters at Wickham Lake, 04/22/19.~

6 thoughts on “Orange County White-winged Scoters, 04/22/19”

  1. Need the white wing for the year. Was in Canada thru the weekend but was able to get the Morristown Black headed grossbeak today. Also went to Long Branch for the Upland Sandpiper.

    1. Ah Upland Sandpiper, one of my favorites. Congrats on the Black-headed Grosbeak, I’m thinking there’s a good chance that’s a state bird for you? Matt

  2. Great photos, Matt, you can actually make out the white wing patches! Glad they stuck around for the day for you.

    1. Thanks Kathy, it was worth it to walk around the lake a bit. I’m so glad they stuck around too, great find and thanks again for the heads up. Matt

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