Saturday, April 16, 2011

Scotering....


Unable to get up to Bamburgh the last two days, I ventured north this morning to see the Black Scoter. Sure enough, the bird, a nice adult male, was with 150+ Common Scoter and a fw male Velvet Scoter just offshore. Reasonable views were had between its feeding dives, chasing around after female Common Scoters and calling regularly. I couldn't hear the call, but the bill opening and closing was quite comical.

Not only a good county tick, but a lifer too, the first of 2011. British List 396, Northumberland List 324.

Also around were 3 female Long tailed Ducks, a few Sandwich Terns and masses of hirundines streaming north, mostly Sand Martins. A Grasshopper Warbler could be heard reeling behind the dunes, but remained unseen.

Right, lets quit while I'm ahead. Broadband speed still only 136kbps so this might drop any minute....

6 comments:

Geordie Magpie said...

Frustratingly close to the next ton!

alan tilmouth said...

You've captured that prolonged bill opening to a tee, quite distinctive, I've been reading up on it today.

Binocularface said...

Fantastic sketches; you have captured the 'parrallel bill' posture fantastically.

John Malloy said...

Love the notebook illustrations Stu

Northumbrian Birding said...

There was a good few thousand pounds worth of equipment trying to get this bird and these are by far the best pics yet, I missed the Velvet ,but there was a very pale backed female Common Scoter I counted 170 birds early morn !!
Brian

Stewart said...

Thanks all, for the kind comments...