Surf Scoter

Melanitta perspicillata

Although Surf Scoters are common winter birds in the south-coastal Alaska they are only accidental in the Pribilofs, and in the Bering Sea as a whole. There are possibly as few as three confirmed Pribilof records, two in late May (1968 and 1995) and one in winter (January 26, 1987). Look for this species in flocks of White-winged or Black Scoters (both of which are annual in the Pribilofs), or possibly with King Eider flocks. Spring adult males can be easily recognized by their large orange and white bill, white forecrown and large white nape patch. Females will stand out by their all dark body and bill, and two white spots on the face (one at the base of the bill, and one on the ear coverts).