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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Another winner for Ogden, Common Scoter x 3

                3 Drake Common Scoter + 1 of 2 juv Gt Crested Grebe
                Why do they always settle dead centre of the water
               Peacefully minding their own business
               Along comes an angry juv grebe
                                   Lots of  commotion
                                          Splits up the group
                              1 legs it but lands again
 NOTHING IN THE BOOKS SHOWING WHITE UNDERWING ???
                  A second juv GCG harrasses the gulls

Thanks to a call at mid day from Keith Moir we were able to enjoy 3 more drake Common Scoters on Ogden which luckily remained until I could get there at 1600hrs although ,as usual, they were out in the centre of the water out of range for any decent shots.
Also present were 2 juv  and 1 ad Gt Crested Grebe and 3 Cormorant as well as the usual small gulls.
The Scoters were getting fidgety as I left looking as if they were ready for moving.
Well done to NK,DP and JL who got straight up there to see the birds. See Nigels and Bradshaw Johns reports.
I remember the day when 30 + birders would have turned up to see Scoters but those days seem to have gone.
BS

3 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

A great blog Bri. and thanks for the text.

I remember Hebble buses through Queeny - lots of them used to turn up together!
Cheers
John

Birdnut said...

I've just spent 30 mins going through scores of pictures of both Common and Velvet Scoter. No Common showed any obvious white underwing patches like your picture whereas there are several Velvet pictures that do. Some are more clearly defined but there are a few that are somewhat vague - immature plumage? What a nice problem we have now!

Brian Sumner . said...

Will try get in touch with a sea watcher