Friday, February 21, 2014

RARE NORTHERN SEABIRD SPOTTED IN KETTLE HARBOR


2.20.2014
White-winged scoter in Lemon Bay 02.20.2014
White-winged scoter in Lemon Bay 02.20.2014
I observed what appears to be a first spring female white winged scoter on the eastern side of Don Pedro Island in Lemon Bay, Charlotte County, SW FL Gulf coast. The two lateral views of the bird are shown in the accompanying photos attached. It was occasionally diving in shallow water and allowed an approach to within 50 feet by a drifting boat with the motor off. 

This is a rare northern seabird to be seen along the Florida gulf coast. Is it an example of southern movement because of poor conditions in the more typical northern marine habitats? Remember that last winter we had quite a few razorbills that came south. 

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