Documentation of Surf Scoter

Observer Information

Reporter:  Scott Shaum  604 S. Park St. ,   Woodland Park, CO  80863
Other Observers: 

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Surf Scoter
First Date/Time:  10/15/2021 9:30:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  10/15/2021 10:00:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  45 minutes
County:  Teller
Specific Location:  Wrights Reservoir
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Female
Plumage:  Other/Unknown



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  32x spotting scope
Distance:  Couple hundred yards
Light:  Excellent. Sunny

Description of the Bird

Adult female. First noted robust, thick, long bill. The bill sloped up to the forehead, the forehead went upward  to a rather flat crown, different in shape than canvasback. Light white vertical line on face at base of bill. White spot on side of head. Otherwise chocolate/dark brown Plumage overall.Differed from white winged scoter by white vertical line rather than spot on front of face.  The bird never stretched its wings while I was there but no white was observed in wings as bird preened for a short time. Diving often and repeatedly. Did not associate with any other waterfowl. Very distant, not super clear photos but the facial markings show up.

im submitting this as it would be a first Teller County record.  

Similar Species Discussion

Already noted difference from white-winged scoter and canvasback. Black scoter would not not the white markings on face of this bird And there was not yellow on base of bill. Bill shape, facial markings and coloration separated this bird from all other species. 

Resources Used


Previous Experience

Seen in several CO counties any other states on the US numerous times.


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

Photos |

No files uploaded.

Date Documentation Submitted

10/17/2021 2:00:00 PM

Location Map

The marker on the map shows an approximation of the location of this report. The marker is generated using a prioritized Logic base:
1) If the observer has entered coordinates, they will be shown.
2) No specific coordinates are available but the location is mappable.
3) A generic location with no specific coordinates is mapped to the center of the reported county.

Powered By Subgurim( Maps ASP.NET