Leucistis Surf Scoter
- Made a quick trip to the north coast yesterday (Sunday, July 29) to see
the surfsquaw that's been at Ward Ave for the past few days. It was
still there in the large raft of Surf Scoters. It's easy to see why
this bird was initially identified as a Long-tailed Duck. The head is
eerily similar to LTDU but it's definitely a SURF SCOTER. The body is
that of a normal SUSC but the head is entirely white except for a dark
patch at the base of the bill and extending behind and below the eye.
If you're into albinistic or leucistic birds, this individual is
definitely worth a look.
Other birds of interest were a MARBLED GODWIT at Ward Ave and another
at Ten Mile River. Also at Ten Mile River was a DUNLIN. Two WANDERING
TATTLERS were at Laguna Point. And at Virgin Creek Beach were a pair of
RUDDY TURNSTONES and six HARLEQUIN DUCKS.
- Matthew Matthiessen