V-nigrum strikes again!
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.
* 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…”