King Eider Attempt One

Currently we were driving to lake park in Milwaukee Wisconsin to go and see a king eider. This king eider has been present for the last week and I’ve never seen one before. This would be ABA 521 and world lifer 614. We live in Western Springs IL, so its close to an hour and a half drive to see the bird.

We arrived and I immediately started scoping. I found About twenty Bufflehead, 4 Greater Scaup, and ten Red-breasted Mergansers. Scoping into the waters of Milwaukee, I also found a few Herring Gulls and one Ring-billed Gull. We walked farther down the beach towards the point. As we were walking, we came upon 9 Black Scoters!


I Personally love scoters. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I just love to see em. We continued walking along the beach, but saw nothing other than a few Buffleheads. It had started to sprinkle some so we started to slowly walk back towards the car s little disappointed. I kept scoping along the bank and found all off the same birds plus a very confused Downy Woodpecker hopping on some rocks. Scanning out over the water one last time before we had to go, I found a few more Common Goldeneye’s and Red-breasted Mergansers. But we had to go. Hopefully I will get to see one soon!

Eddie Kasper


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