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2009-09-14 16:37:08

More than 100 dead and dying sea ducks found on two Washington state beaches likely were sickened by a toxic algae bloom, wildlife officials said. Most of the dead and sick birds were white-winged scoters and surf scoters that eat shellfish, said Julia Parrish, executive director of Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team. The dead and sick ducks began appearing Friday on Kalaloch and LaPush beaches on the Washington Coast. If you go to outer coast beaches, you might normally see one dead...

2008-10-05 00:00:11

Investigators searched Saturday for the source of a mystery oil slick off the Scottish coast that has fouled scores of sea birds. Volunteers had found at least 130 birds covered with oil, The Scotsman reported. The slick in the Pentland Firth between the mainland and the Orkney Islands was first noticed in mid-week. Officials said they believe the oil was either illegally dumped by a ship or released from a wreck. Richard Bradley of British Marine Divers Rescue said the slick comes at...

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2008-03-17 16:53:34

Scientists, including University of Oregon archaeologist Jon Erlandson, cite radiocarbon dating of bones at coastal archaeological sitesClovis-age natives, often noted for overhunting during their brief dominance in a primitive North America, deserve clemency in the case of California's flightless sea duck. New evidence says it took thousands of years for the duck to die out.A team of six scientists, including Jon M. Erlandson of the University of Oregon, pronounced their verdict in the...

2006-06-09 08:10:00

By Daisuke Wakabayashi BARROW, Alaska (Reuters) - In a coastal marsh near the frozen Arctic Ocean, a black-and-white feathered spectacled eider leaves a gift for Corey Rossi, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Crouching down to take a closer look, Rossi inspects the dropping left by the large sea duck and then carefully dabs at the greenish mound with a swab before breaking off the tip into a plastic vial. "He laid a fresh one there. We really want the...

2006-06-08 16:10:00

By Daisuke Wakabayashi BARROW, Alaska -- In a coastal marsh near the frozen Arctic Ocean, a black-and-white feathered spectacled eider leaves a gift for Corey Rossi, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Crouching down to take a closer look, Rossi inspects the dropping left by the large sea duck and then carefully dabs at the greenish mound with a swab before breaking off the tip into a plastic vial. "He laid a fresh one there. We really want the freshest stuff," said...

2006-02-06 10:50:42

By David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - A thick oil slick off the shore of northwest Estonia could kill as many as 35,000 birds, far more than previously feared, as freezing seas hamper rescue and recovery efforts, bird experts said on Monday. Around 3,000 dead birds have been recovered so far, said Vilju Lilleleht, a senior member of the Estonian Ornithological Society. He added studies showed only about 10 percent of avian casualties from oil slicks were ever found. "The real number...

2006-02-01 07:59:28

By David Maridste TALLINN (Reuters) - A thick oil slick which has landed on the shores of northwest Estonia could kill as many as 5,000 birds, including swans and a rare breed of duck, environmentalists in the Baltic state said on Wednesday. The oil spill of about 20 tonnes, whose source is being investigated, was first reported on the Estonian coast on Saturday, but was initially believed to have a limited impact. However further reports from bird watchers have confirmed that as...


Latest Merginae Reference Libraries

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicilliata
2013-10-02 13:41:30

The Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicilliata) is a sea duck of large size, which breeds in Canada and Alaska. It’s placed in the subgenus Melanitta, along with the Velvet and White-winged Scoters, distinct from the subgenus Oidemia, Black and Common Scoters. It winters further south in temperate zones, on the coasts of the northern United States. Small numbers regularly winter in Western Europe as far south as the British Isles. It creates large flocks on suitable coastal waters. These...

White-winged Scoter, Melanitta deglandi or Melanitta fusca deglandi
2013-04-22 17:21:06

The White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi or Melanitta fusca deglandi) is a bulky sea duck. It is characterized by its large bill and bulky shape. This is the biggest species of Scoter. The females range from 2.1 to 4.2 lbs and 19 to 22 inches, averaging 2.6 lbs and 21 inches. She is brown with pale patches on her head. The male ranges from 3 to 4.7 lbs and from 21 to 24 inches, averaging 3.6 lbs and 22 inches. He is all black, except for white around the eye and a white speculum. This...

Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
2012-04-02 19:59:01

The Bufflehead, (Bucephala albeola), is a species of sea duck of the goldeneye family. It was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 as Anas albeola. This is a migratory species with most populations wintering in protected coastal waters, or open inland waters on the east and west coasts of North America as far south as the southern United States. It is an extremely rare vagrant to western Europe. Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes and ponds in Alaska and Canada, almost exclusively included...

Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
2012-03-22 23:12:58

The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a small species of duck and the only living member of its genus. Its habitat is swamps and wooded ponds on the northern half of the United States or southern Canada. A common species in captivity in Europe, Hooded Mergansers seen in the wild there are usually regarded as escapes. However, a few have been regarded as genuine wild vagrants. It is a short distance migrant and winters in the US wherever winter temps allow for ice free conditions on...

Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica
2012-01-12 17:53:47

Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) is a medium-sized species of sea duck. Its breeding habitat is wooded lakes and ponds in northwestern North America, but also in scattered locations in eastern Canada and Iceland. In Iceland it is commonly known as husond (house-duck). It is a migratory bird and will winter in protected coastal waters or open inland waters. It rarely migrates as far away as Europe and southern North America. Barrow’s Goldeneye is named after Sir John Barrow. The...

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