Young Scoters

As I’ve noted here several times, Surf Scoters used to visit here by the thousands, but virtually disappeared after the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill disaster. We saw a small flock of about a dozen mostly adult females here at the end of November. The quartet in the video above, taken in January, are all juveniles, with their colors still subdued and not yet blazing like the adults. Like seeing kids in a neighborhood, young birds are a sign that reproduction is happening and life goes on.

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