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1 December 2017 Unusual Foraging Behavior By Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) In the Swash Zone
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Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata), a sea duck that winters commonly along the coast of the Pacific Northwest states, was observed exhibiting unusual foraging behavior in the swash zone of a beach on the Point Reyes Peninsula, California, in mid-January of 2015. This note reviews the literature involving scoter foraging behavior, discusses the likely prey items targeted, and the potential risks posed by such behavior.

Jules Evens and Terry Nordbye "Unusual Foraging Behavior By Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) In the Swash Zone," Northwestern Naturalist 98(3), 241-242, (1 December 2017). https://doi.org/10.1898/NWN17-01.1
Received: 15 January 2017; Accepted: 1 June 2017; Published: 1 December 2017
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