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Surf Scooter

Melanitta perspicillata

Description:

A large sea duck, which breeds in Canada and Alaska. It winters further south in temperate zones, on the coasts of the northern USA. Small numbers regularly winter in western Europe as far south as Great Britain and Ireland. Some birds may over-winter on the Great Lakes. It forms large flocks on suitable coastal waters. These are tightly packed, and the birds tend to take off together.

Notes:

First time I've ever seen such a bird... really "muppet" looking, he just hung out fishing in the water at the bouy pier.


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1 Comment

Michelle Parish
Michelle Parish 7 years ago

Anyone know if it's common to see these on the Oregon coast? I have lived here all my life and never seen anything like it before... That seems to be consensus with others as well.

Michelle Parish
Spotted by
Michelle Parish

Florence, Oregon, USA

Lat: 43.98, Long: -124.10

Spotted on Oct 27, 2012
Submitted on Oct 27, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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