By Jennifer Taylor, Animal Care Coordinator

Different species of birds behave differently as patients. I recently wrote about an American Black Duck being the worst-behaved patient we had ever had. Now I'm writing about one of our most well-behaved patients, a black sea duck.

Scoters are black sea ducks that winter in the coastal waters around Cape Cod. They eat mostly mollusks (especially clams and mussels) and crustaceans. There are three types of Scoters in North America; Black Scoters, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters. The males’ orange bills are quite spectacular, especially the Surf Scoter...