Surf Scoter

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Locale   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
SE Alaska (edit) C FC C C -
Yakutat (edit) C C C C R
Skagway (edit) C C C R -
Haines (edit) C C C C -
Glacier Bay (edit) C C C C -
Juneau (edit) C FC C C -
Sitka (edit) FC FC C FC -
Stikine (edit)
S Outer Islands (edit)
Ketchikan (edit) C FC C C -
Offshore (edit)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata): Common Fall, Winter, and Spring on nearshore marine waters throughout most of the region. In Summer, Fairly Common with non-breeding birds remaining on salt water.

Herring spawning locations are important stopping locations in Spring [1], and tens of thousands may be observed at times.

Likewise, in late Summer, males may gather during the molt, and many thousands may be found (e.g., Seymour Canal [2]).

  • Greater abundance in inside waters?
  • Greater numbers in Spring rather than Fall?
  • Summer birds are non-breeders?
  • Breeding confirmed near Yakutat, change regional Breeding status?
  • Skagway is only place with R in winter

SEAK QBR Mentions

  • Sp2011: Large numbers near JNU including 30,000 on 8-9 May at Eagle Beach and 10,000 Sheep Creek delta on 9 May; At KTN 8100 observed flying north over 4.5 hour period on 1 May.
  • Sp2012: Largest concentrations found at herring spawning areas. 6500 near KTN on 22 April; 7500 near JNU on 3 May. These counts did not approach previous high counts at those locations.

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