The 3rd Pacific Eider for the Atlantic

V-nigrum strikes again!

Alvan Buckley*

“Hi Martin,

Today (8th March 2015)  Ed Hayden and I found a v-nigrum Common Eider on the southern shore of the Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland.

The black “V” under the chin was very strong and easily detected despite ~200m distance. It was seen when the bird was choking down a mussel of some sort.

As you know, this would be the second record for our province – and only the third (??) record for the Atlantic ocean. I have written on my blog HERE.

Exact location was off St. Shott’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Thanks! Alvan”

* Alvan has previously found among other tackle, little gems like Kamchatka Gull (BOOM!) on his Newfoundland patch and more discrete European, schinzii type Dunlin. See Alvan’s blog >>>HERE<<<

“This one ticks all the boxes for V nigrum. The downsloping head shape- deep curvature of the black cap with green extending under horizontally, black chin V, shape of lobes spot-on— fantastic! Now to refind that one in Varanger at GULLFEST 2015…”

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