King Eider Attempt 2

For the second time, we headed back to try or the King Eider. We got there around 2:30 pm and walked north toward the orange netting around a large rock. Once I got there, I pulled out my scope and started scoping Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Mergansers, and some Mallards. The Black Scoters I had seen the day before were in the same place. I scoped farther out than yesterday and on my way south, I ran into this big brown bird? I stopped the scope and looked and there it was the KING EIDER! I was literally jumping up and down because I was so excited. We told a lady that we had found the bird, so she came over and photographed it with us. 

 King Eider

King Eider

 

Three Long-tailed Ducks flew in and made a huge splash in the water,

flushing up all of the Buffleheads, we left the King Eider and walked south towards North Point, I noticed a large raft of Scoters and scoped them out. It turned out to be mostly Red-breasted Mergansers but there were eight SURF SCOTERS floating with them. After that, we left. The light had started to fade so we figured it was time to go.

 

Good birding!

 

Eddie/kidbirder

Lake Park--Linnwood Water Treatment Plant to Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Dec 2, 2016 2:38 PM - 4:03 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Comments:     Two birders a dad and a dog
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13 species

Mallard (Northern)  7
Greater Scaup5000
King Eider1 Photos, seen from orange netting int the water south of rugby field
Surf Scoter8
Black Scoter9
Long-tailed Duck4
Bufflehead20
Common Goldeneye26
Red-breasted Merganser500
Ring-billed Gull13
Herring Gull (American)  25
Thayer's Gull1
Mourning Dove1