Saturday, April 27, 2019

Surf Scoter

On 9 April 2019, Erika and I took a pleasant stroll along a rainforest trail at the Evergreen State College. The trail ended at a small beach along Eld Inlet of Puget Sound. A pair of Surf Scoters swam among much smaller Buffleheads. Surf Scoters breed across northern Canada and winter off the coasts of North America. Pairs often migrate together to breeding sites. After a few weeks, males depart to coastal molting sites. Only the females incubate the nests. At sea, scoters eat bottom-dwelling invertebrates.

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