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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Oxenhope Reservoir early p.m. visit. Scoters on the move

   3 m Common Scoter, as usual a distance away.

          Kept flying a circuit then back on the water

      Took the centre bird to be a 1st summer male !






 Hard to see in the rough water

                                      In to land



A check for Scoter yesterday evening found nothing on Oxenhope and then this morning a text from CK alerted me to 3 males which arrived last light yesterday or early morning today.
A dash up there in a spare hour early afternoon found the 3 still present but very distant, as always , in the centre of the water which was very rough in the wind creating troughs and waves which the birds were lost amongst.
1 of the Scoters looked like the others on the water apart from lack of knobble on its bill but in flight was very pale looking almost Mallard like. I believe this to be a first year male.
The 3 remained throughout my visit but kept flying a circuit of the water before landing back in the same place.
Well done to Chris King for getting up there this morning and turning them up.

3m Common Scoter
c 400 LBB
c100 BHG
21 Herring
76 Lapwing
+ usual sp
Still a lack of waders even with sandy shoreline full length of the western bank and several pools exposed.
BS

3 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Nice one Bri.

Great to get Scoter in flight as well - they are normally little dots miles away aren't they?

John

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice one with the scoters - unusual to see one with such a pale wing !

Brian sumner said...

Thats right Dave. No white on its neck ruling out juv. Can only put it as 1st summer bird going by the books.