The King Eider

I started off the day driving back from my friend’s house, and on the way home, we (Maura and Jackson), decided to stop by the Scituate Harbor Lighthouse to look for a Purple Sandpiper that was spotted there a few days ago. When we got there, we didn’t see anything rare as we hoped but only a few Common Eiders and Buffleheads.

Still wanting to get some good birding in, we decided to go down to the Cape Cod Canal and meet Patricia to go for a little walk and look for the King Eider that lives there. When we got to the Canal, it was only a minute before we saw the Eider swimming around by the fishing pier.

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Wondering what to do next, we decided to go in search of a rare Tufted Duck in Brewster since we had a whole day to fill. We were a bit lost at first, trying to find where it was spotted. Eventually, we came to a beach where two other birders were looking out at the pond. As I was looking around, I saw a flock of ducks out in the distance. Using our camera, I took a picture. When I zoomed in on it, I noticed the black head and blueish bill of scaup. Based on the size and location, I figured that it was a Lesser Scaup. After this, we decided it was time to head home.

Following a brief stop at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary to look at the bird feeders, we called it a day.

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