Solo Scaup Still Here

The male Scaup who did not join the migration north in April is still here, seen cruising busily in the North Basin near the eastern edge of the park at sunset yesterday (July 16)(pic).  He seems to be the only one of his kind spending the summer.  He doesn’t hang out with the half-dozen Coots who are also spending the summer and have made a home at the Open Circle promontory near the northeast corner of the park (pic).  The handful for Mallards who cruise the basin also ignore him.  Do ducks get lonesome?  

American Coots at base of Open Circle promontory

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