We stopped for lunch one day at Del Puerto des Angeles cafe in Hoodsport. It sits right above the water on the west edge of the Hood Canal in Washington. The canal is actually a deep, narrow trough gouged out by glaciers during a by-gone ice age. Asd we sat down I looked out the cafe window and here’s what I saw:The scoter flock near the cafe consisted of about forty birds, half White-winged, half Surf. Later along the canal we saw other mixed flocks, including a large one off the Hama Hama Oyster Company’s waterfront. The White-winged has a lookalike cousin in Eurasia named Velvet Scoter.
These images are from the first day of our Golden Gate Audubon Pacific Northwest trip.