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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Five days wait then a bonus. 1pr Common Scoter, Mixenden.

               Best shots I could get in poor light and drizzle
                                       The pair stuck to the middle of the water
   Very mobile being bombed with gulls




                                                  Male

                                          Female

After a 5 day wait to get to see the female Common Scoter I finally got there this p.m. to the bonus of a male which had joined the female, thanks to text from DJS/NK.
Disappointing on the photos as by 1430hrs the light was very poor with drizzle blown on by a strong W>5 and the Scoters remained in the centre of the reservoir though very mobile with the problem of gulls bombing them.
The only other sp. present were c 80 small gulls, 1 male Tufted and 1 Grey Wagtail, plus several flocks of Starling, Redwing and Woodpigs coming in to the plantation to roost.
A great tick for Mixenden Reservoir.
BS

6 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Great stuff Bri, nice bonus bird with a drake.

Brian Sumner . said...

Lets hope a full raft drop in. Amazing that the female stayed a week with the stick they were getting from the gulls but I suppose they,re used to that.

Meg Ghyll said...

great photos considering the conditions!

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks Meg, Needed some sunshine at that distance but good to get the pair.

Craig said...

Brian couldn't see them this aft !!

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks for looking Craig, the male left Sunday pm and the female followed about Tuesday.
Keep looking, could get more or some Whooper Swans would be nice.