Dabbling Scaup

Of the more than 200 Greater Scaup who entered the North Basin on December 16, barely three dozen have taken up something resembling residence. There is a handful that cruise along the north shore of the park, a small scattering of individuals here and there on the North Basin, and this mini-raft of about two dozen dabbling in the mudflats of the Schoolhouse Creek delta. It was odd to see them dabbling as if they were Mallards; unlike Mallards and many other ducks, Scaup are excellent divers. But, whatever works.

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