Thursday, April 9, 2015

Surf Scoter at Silver Lake in Boise

On November 5 local birder Tom MacCabe found a Surf Scoter on a small lake in a residential area of Boise. These seagoing birds are rare inland, though Idaho does tend to see 1-2 every year or so, mainly on large lakes and reservoirs. Having one in a residential area was quite unique. We were excited to go see it, especially since we’d spent so much time unsuccessfully looking for them at more expected locations like C.J. Strike Reservoir and were started to get burned out on our search.

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Map of Silver Lake, Boise, Ada County. November 6, 2014.

We sprinted out as soon as we heard the report, since the lake is on the far side of town from us, the sun was setting soon, and we were fighting rush hour traffic to get there. We got there in time to see the bird, but the light was fading quickly and we weren’t able to get any photographs. To make up for that, we headed back the next morning at sunrise.

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Silver Lake, Boise, Ada County. November 6, 2014.

We were pleased to find the bird right away and snapped off a few photos, though the longer we stayed the more it swam further from the shore.

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Surf Scoter at Silver Lake, Boise, Ada County. November 6, 2014.

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Surf Scoter at Silver Lake, Boise, Ada County. November 6, 2014.

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