Yesterday, Mel, and my husband Russ, visited the Camp Surf area of Imperial Beach in response to Paul’s post about the scoter flock. Happily, the very first bird we saw, and closest to the beach, was a male White-winged Scoter. This bird had brownish body plumage, so I would assume it was a young male. Further out from shore there was a darker male and a female staying pretty close together. As I scanned the flock I thought I had 3 males and 1 female, but later was never able to find more than 3. Mel spotted a male Black Scoter in the flock right away when we arrived, but I was not able to get on that bird for at least a half hour. We were unable to spot the female Black Scoter reported by Paul, but as the flock was actively diving we could have missed it.
The tide was high and the birds ere close. Dan Jehl reported to me that in the afternoon, with the tide out and winds blowing from the ocean, it was not a good time to see these birds!
We drove separately, did not share scopes, and stayed at least 6 feet apart. Stay safe everyone!
Checklist with some photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66094399
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports