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An Early Record of American Scoter for California

Chas. W. Richmond
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
2 (March-April)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1916
Pages: 
83

An Early Record of American Scoter for California

In sorting over an old box of bones here, I found the head, wing bones and feet of a bird, bearing the following data: 44931, Oidemia americana, 0, San Luis Obispo, Cal., Spring, 1866, W. F. Schwartz. On the back of the label, in Baird’s handwriting, is the statement: “First spec. fr. Pacific Coast. Keep.” I do not know whether this information has any particular significance, since it appears Baird had recorded the species from Fort Steilacoom in his report of 1858, but it occurred to me this might be the first record for California and therefore of possible general interest.

Chas. W. Richmond, Assistant Curator

Division of Birds, U. S. National Museum, Washington, D. C.

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