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Friday, June 23, 2017

A second Common Scoter for the area. Mixenden

 Male Common Scoter on Mixenden with Canadas
             Photo from top road.
                                  As usual the Scoter stuck to the middle of the water.




  second one in 2 days for the area.


1430 hrs and a trip to Fly Flatts to get the Nyjer seed down for over the weekend with good weather conditions, for me anyway, with 100% grey cloud cover, light drizzle and wind reduced from yesterday to W>5.
                             Much quieter than yesterday with the usual species around the shoreline whilst 4 Dunlin were busy feeding young dashing to and from the shoreline to reed beds on the edge of the moor. A walk the full length of the west bank failed to produce any moving Common Scoters with yesterdays bird moved on. With water and sky quiet I decided to head back to Mixenden reservoir to check out DJSs drake Common Scoter which he reported there this morning.
                                                                    I knew it was still present as on the way to Fly Flatts I stopped at the top of the hill above the reservoir and after a short scan I was able to pick it out in with the Canadas. The Scoter was hanging around the Canadas and doing the usual trick of keeping right out in the middle of the water making hard work of the photography, especially being a jet black bird against a light background. All quite otherwise apart from several Swifts, Swallows and House Martins. Once again, all credit to DJS for turning up his second Scoter in as many days.
BS

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