Yep, I’m a scrappy scaup. Lesser Scaup that is. My brothers and cousins come in huge numbers and love to winter along the Chesapeake Bay. We’re little diving ducks that love the water.
One of my favorite things to do with my cousins is to confuse little birders and bird photographers. See my cousin, the Greater Scaup looks almost just like me. In the wrong light, we look like identical twins. But my head color is purple, while the Greater Scaup’s is green. I’m also a little funky with my hairdo.
For those looking at scaup in the water and ask yourself time and time again, here is a great photo guide to help figure out which one is which.
My ladies are rather subdued, but have a splash of white on their nose just to keep things fun.
In the meantime, I’ll keep hanging around all my duck friends at the Wall of Shame in Cambridge, Maryland and run over them whenever they get in my way.