San Jacinto Monument: Surf Scoter

I finally made the trip to San Jacinto Monument today around noon to catch up with the reported Surf Scoter. There were plenty of ducks in the small bay when we arrived and after about fifteen minutes of scanning the scope popped right onto the scoter that had just surfaced. It was actively diving, but flushed with several scaup and Redhead and then lingered on the surface for a long time, preening. Among the hundreds of Ruddy Ducks and dabblers (N. Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, N. Pintail, Gadwall, Mallard) were lots of Lesser Scaup, a few Greater Scaup, Redhead, and Canvasback.

Surf Scoter San Jacinto Monument, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Surf Scoter San Jacinto Monument, Photo Stephan Lorenz

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