[CT Birds] Sick White-winged Scoter?
bob at macdonnellphoto.com
Sun Mar 4 12:17:47 EST 2012
Regarding James's observation of a White-winged Scoter out of water, I
was at Sandy Point early one morning a couple years ago when a drake
WW Scoter swam towards shore directly at me and hung out close to the
shore. A short time later a drake Long-tailed Duck swam into the
shallows almost the same way the scoter did and then walked out onto
the beach a few yards from me. The scoter then proceeded to follow the
Oldsquaw onto the beach where they both plopped down a few feet apart
from each other. I thought something had happened to them, perhaps
some kind of spill in New Haven Harbor. I spent quite a while taking
pictures and other beach walkers passed by but the ducks were unmoved.
Finally they got up and swam off just as they had arrived, both
seemingly in fine health. Later, I thought this odd behavior might
have been due to fatigue from migration as it was in July. If I
remember correctly, a young scoter also spent quite a while at
Hammonasset close to shore a few years ago as well. Anyway, I guess
it's difficult to know why they do it, but I have seen it before.
Here's a couple links to photos of the strange encounter:
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