Nov. 10, 2023: Surf Scoters are sea ducks that are known for their distinctive black plumage and large, colorful bills. During fall migration they stop over in various sheltered bays and inlets in Buzzards Bay.  These waterways offer crucial rest and feeding opportunities for the ducks as they journey from northern breeding grounds to their wintering areas. This Surf Scoter was recently seen paddling around Quissett Harbor.

During their fall migration along the Atlantic coast, Surf Scoters exhibit specific stopover habits and foraging patterns. They rely on coastal waterways, particularly in New England, as important stopover locations. In these areas, like Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, they seek sheltered bays, estuaries, and inlets for rest and foraging. Surf scoters are known for their diet of mollusks and crustaceans, and they utilize these rich marine environments to feed. These stopover sites are crucial for providing opportunities to replenish their energy reserves before continuing their migration south. Conservation efforts are essential to preserve these habitats and support the well-being of surf scoters during their fall migration.