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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