Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Surf Scoter

The best bird of this weekend was a Surf Scoter that we saw in a pond we check in our normal birding area. This is not a normal bird to see around here. This is a sea duck. Not a duck you see inland normallly. What ever brought this adult male into our area is ok with me. It was great fun to see it. It is an all black duck except for these colorful bits I have shown. Have you ever seen one?

16 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

What a curious looking fellow! Have you had high winds in your area lately? He may have been blown off course. Lucky for you!

marianne said...

I have never seen one in my life. How funny to see them in a place they don't belong....Kind of bonus for a bird lover ;)
Nice painting you made of him!

have a nice day Lisa♥

PAK ART said...

I've never seen one - he is very interesting! That bill is something else. Lucky you!

Cheryl said...

No I havn't Lisa. What an unusual bird. It surely made your day....

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I had a hard time figuring it out with that strange beak. Wow. Its amazing. I have no clue either. Someone must know. Did you get a photo of it too? Its a strange duck from the deep lagoon...:))

Teri C said...

I never saw one either but I am not surprised he flew in by you two knowing how you love birds. You really captured his amazing looks so well.

ps, I think your perusal power symbol is birds!

SandyCarlson said...

He is a beauty, an interesting creature. I love your artwork.

Julie said...

I have never seen one to my knowledge!!! Neat bill. Love the tufted hair too!!! I see that they are on the Atlantic coast, so maybe i have seen one but did not pay attention! I will have to keep my eyes open now!

Mim said...

he's really interesting looking - what a funny beak! I wonder how he got to your area - maybe strange winds like Laure says. Either way - it's an interesting painting

studio lolo said...

The thumbnail view is a whole different creature! The black spot on his bill looks like an eye.

What a bonus for you to see this colorful guy! Great painting too :)

word veri=bonesso!!

verobirdie said...

stange how his bill looks like a second head! brrr

Quiet Paths said...

I have never seen one of these; how amazing! you must have been very surprised to see it?

Deb said...

Love the vibrant colours of the surf scoter! I've never seen one.

Q said...

Such a strange looking fellow!
Very cool he found your waterway.
Love the new look on your blog.
Sherry

Cowgirl Red said...

Never seen one until now. How beautiful. Terah

steviewren said...

What an odd looking duck! Your painting is great. Do you guys go birding a lot?