Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society logo Today's photo by Pete Crooks Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society logo
Sightings Discussion and Notices Photos Insects
Edit profile Help on formatting Search sightings

Velvet scoter

Posted by pete marsh 
Velvet scoter
March 06, 2018 09:13PM
A bit mysterious today. It was with a loose flock of eider (wingflapped) with a flock of 28 common scoter a bit further out - the first passage flock of the year.

Didn't think anything of this at the time but decided to check the stone jetty as the eider line seemed pretty close inshore as they started to float in and it was a chance to get a record shot of anything like the apparent orange billed drake eider seen earlier in the winter

The result was NO velvet scoter, no flock of common scoter and nothing of interest other than a distant red-throat. No duck were too far out to identify

I wonder if the common scoter flock dragged off the velvet?

Snab this afternoon: 8 Dunlin, 12 ringed plover, 32 redshank, 2 Greenshank, 40 teal, 235 wigeon (no a x e hybrid), 120 lapwing, 110 oystercatcher, two shelduck, plenty of Canada geese but only single figure greylags

Two days ago there were 54 whooper swan in Melling fields but quick checks from gressingham bridge the last two days just revealed a handful of swans which may have been the mutes
Re: Velvet scoter
March 07, 2018 12:05PM
Drake velvet scoter Back again with the eider and easy to see off Heysham head in the favourable conditions this am
Re: Velvet scoter
March 08, 2018 10:58AM
Again off heyshsm head this am
Re: Velvet scoter
March 09, 2018 06:04PM
Hard to see today - flapped once watching from knowlys but couldn't find it in the mass of eider at lower altitude, but closer off. North wall
Re: Velvet scoter
March 11, 2018 11:29AM
Bit easier today - sat away from the Eider on the dropping tide
Is there only me with my phone-scoping rubbish getting any shots of this thing or are there any pics doing the rounds on photoblogs etc?

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login

All LDBWS web pages are the copyright of Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society and should not be reproduced elsewhere without the express permission of the Society. The opinions expressed in the LDBWS newsletter are not necessarily those of the Society. The content of LDBWS Member's Web Pages is the responsibility of the member concerned. LDBWS ask all birdwatchers to observe the Birdwatchers' Code of Conduct and the Country Code.

Back to top.

web counter
web counter