This afternoon, after tracking a humpback whale in the inner bay (!) I spotted an odd looking harlequin all by itself right offshore. Just as I was leaving, I snapped a photo to look at later. To my amazement, there was that flattened head, little wing projections, and white bits on the back of an otherwise brown, drab bird. Could it possibly be another STELLER'S EIDER?
I zipped the photo to Tasha who confirmed a male, young of the year. What a great finale for 2014: a humpback and a Steller's Eider!
Look for him along the beach right in front of town by the bike path.
Happy New Year!
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter