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 Surf Scoter

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Surf Scoter Archives Reports
Summer 2005
Spring 2005
Fall 2004
Spring 2004
Winter 03-04
Fall 2003 140
Spring 2003 32
Winter 02-03 28
Fall 2002 152
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 21
Winter 01-02 9
Fall 2001 10
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 24
Winter 00-01 5
Fall 2000 17
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 92
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 30
Spring/Summer 1999 0

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Historical Text

Melanitta perspicillata (Linnaeus)
Surf Scoter

Transient (fall only?). Status little known; apparently like that of the White-wing, but the Surf Scoter is less common.

First listed for Michigan by N. A. Eddy (1884o: 5).

FALL.-As in the case of the other scoters, positive records refer mainly to the period from mid-October to late November, and almost entirely to the vicinity of Great Lakes shores.

At Alpena, Walter Koelz collected an individual (U.M.M.Z.) on October 23, 1917; and J. Claire "Wood (1913: 14) examined 1 shot October 13, 1912, on Hubbard Lake, Alcona County. In mid-October, 1883, N. A. Eddy (1884o; 5; 1884: 41) obtained several fresh specimens (some from the Bay City market), 1 of which had certainly been taken in the vicinity, at the Saginaw River mouth. At Fish Point, Tuscola County, Max M. Peet collected 1 on October 30, 1932. Pirnie noted 1 at Gull Lake, Kalamazoo County, on November 15, 1931; 1 (U.M.M.Z.) was secured at Dead Lake, Washtenaw County, on November 21, 1887, by an unknown collector; and 1 was shot at South Lake in the same county on October 25, 1941, by Claude Ritz. In the Detroit area, single specimens were taken at the St. Clair Flats, St. Clair County, on October 13, 2023 (Swales and Taverner, 1905: 88), and on Sugar Island, Wayne County, on November 10, 2023 (J. Claire Wood, 1903o: 96).

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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