My annual Christmas Day walk down to the coast of Barrington and Riverside, RI to see wintering ducks was more successful than usual. Dozens of American wigeons were taking shelter in the inlets--they would eventually be disturbed when a dog owner let his lab chase the local fox.
And out in more open water, the regular buffleheads and red-breasted mergansers were joined by gadwells and a group of scaup.
I'm going to call them greater scaup because of the head shape. I don't usually see them this close to shore.
Add a couple of common golden-eye and some hooded mergansers and it was a classic Christmas duck day.