Barb and I found a Black Scoter on Lory Lake in northwestern Isanti County about 3:30 PM this afternoon. This is probably a first winter male molting into adult plumage. The body was not intensely black but rather a deep black brown, while the yellow knob on the bill was not as bright yellow as we have seen on birds on Lake Superior. But yellow enough that the bird was rather obvious in the flock of Lesser Scaup that it was hanging around with.
Seen across the lake from the public access on the west side of the lake. To get to Lory Lake go east on Cty Road 4 from State Highway 47 about 2 miles. Then north about 1 mile to 416th. Then east till the road runs down hill into the public access.
Also present was a first winter molting into second summer Thayer's Gull. Originally there were some 1000 gulls in the area of the lake but by the time we left that was down to 30 or so including the Thayer's. Gulls are migrating through this area in large numbers over the past few days. The Glaucous was still present at the Mora landfill this noon.
Dennis and Barbara Martin
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