Scoter Revealed

Melanitta americanaNow here’s something you don’t see in Dead Horse Bay everyday. Melanitta americanaThis is a drake Black Scoter (Melanitta americana), a not uncommon sea duck, yet I’ve never seen one in any part of Jamaica Bay before. I’ve also never seen one alone, so I wondered if it was ill or hurt; but he seemed to preen and fly perfectly fine. This was my best-ever view of one of these diving ducks. The female is browner and lacks the swollen orange-yellow knob on the bill.

2 Responses to “Scoter Revealed”


  1. 1 elwnyc March 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Best view I’ve had of one – thank you – they’re always bobbing around in the waves far off shore when I’ve seen them.

    • 2 mthew March 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Yes, in cold biting winter winds off the water! I’ve also seen good numbers of them flushed by a big ferry, but also pretty distant; they get out the way ASAP.


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