There have been regular sightings of Black Scoters on our Seabrook beach. But Scoters are winter visitors that are often seen in the ocean at some distance.
Although rarely seen here in summer, they are now on the SC eBird Rare Bird Alert. By now they should be way up north on tundra lakes. These are sea ducks, but are now very close to shore. We’ve even seen a few standing on the beach!
Submitted by Aija and Ed Konrad
Editor’s Note: I believe I saw one of these among a flock of gulls on the beach last week. It definitely stood out from the others. I thought it might be hurt and walked close to it. The bird didn’t fly away, but just paddled into the surf.