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Surf Scoter

Melanitta perspicillata


Dull plumage on two individuals, but the white stripe on the back of the neck is distinctive.


Artificial lake in city park, surrounded by urban residential neighborhoods. Mostly lawns, with planted trees (elm, cottonwood, mixed conifers).


Surf Scoter is normally a sea duck, so quite out-of-place here.

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AshleyT 6 years ago

I think "several" is a bit of an understatement, Mark :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

It seems several birds out of place in the US lately.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Nov 30, 2014
Submitted on Dec 1, 2014

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