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 Black Scoter

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Black Scoter.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
View Black Scoter sightings.
Black Scoter Archives Reports
Fall 2003 86
Spring 2003 6
Winter 02-03 99
Fall 2002 89
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 3
Winter 01-02 22
Fall 2001 5
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 8
Winter 00-01 13
Fall 2000 30
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 14
Winter 00-99 11
Fall 1999 10
Spring/Summer 1999 0

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Black Scoter

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Black Scoter
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Black Scoter
Note: Some species will not be present in the WPBO archives and will return no records.

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Historical Text

Oidemia nigra americana Swainson
American Scoter (A.O.U. 1998: Black Scoter)

Rare fall transient.

First listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 495).

Barrows (1912: 106) stated that the species "undoubtedly occurs more frequently on the Great Lakes than most people suppose"; and it is probably often overlooked or misidentified, especially when present in a flock of the more common White-winged Scoter.

Roberts (1936, vol. 1: 274, 277) recorded groups seen on Isle Royale by Dart in June, 1905. At Houghton Lake, Roscommon County, a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected October 26, 1938, by Trautman and W. Bebee; and at Hubbard Lake, Alcona County, several of the species were observed and 4 secured between October 14 and 20,1912 (J. Claire Wood, 1913: 14). In Kalamazoo County a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was taken on November 4, 2023 (at Long Lake by B. F. Sykes), and another (Chicago Nat. Hist. Mus.) about November 9, 2023 (at Kalamazoo by Benjamin 0. Bush). About October 18, 1940, an immature female (Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Collection) was shot at Lake St. Clair (Pirnie). Other records are inexact in date or locality (Walter C. Wood, 1905: 49; Eddy, 1884a; 5; and 1884: 41; Bar- rows, 1912: 106). A. D. Tinker and R. E. Olsen recently reported an individual of this species found on January 15, 1939, on the Detroit River along the west shore of Grosse He, Wayne County.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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