North Island Explorer: Guide to North Vancouver Island









































Surf Scoter


Photo 1: A Surf Scoter at the Campbell River Pier.

Surf Scoter: Melanitta perspicillata

Surf Scoters are winter residents around Vancouver Island. They have black bodies and heads with white patches on their foreheads and the nape of their necks. They have white eyes and very distinctive red, orange, and white bills. It feeds on mollusks and crustaceans.










 Other Vancouver Island Birds: Bald Eagle, Trumpeter Swan, Blue Grouse, Common Merganser, American Wigeon, Long-tailed Duck, Surf Scoter, Mallard, Bufflehead, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Varied Thrush