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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Scaup



A dull, miserable morning, with some drizzly rain.


And the lake is still flooded.





After feeding the Crows and Magpies with their biscuits, seed and bread, I negotiated the 2 lane race track that doubles as a road, to cross over to the pub.
The roof tiles are in place, and most are already down.





Some of the path is still under water from under the road bridge, but the rest is pretty good.
A quick scan of the arm that goes at the back of the pub, found mostly Coot, Wigeon, some Tufted Duck, a few Pochard and a few Gadwall.
I walked up towards the gully, and looked down from the grassy hill.
Still flooded.
The water stretches from the lake, across to the river; one giant lake now.



Back across the race track, and I was soon making my way down to the far end of the south lake.
A few Mute Swans out on the water, and a handful of Tufted Ducks, but most had made their way to the safety of the allocated 'reserve'.
Yes, weekend means boat time; and a few were trundling up and down the lake.
It also means joggers, but not so many today. Perhaps they didn't want to get their trainers wet.



Up in the trees at the far end, there were plenty of finches: Bullfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Great to see such a variety.
Amongst the leaf litter were Blackbirds and Redwings, and a couple of Robins singing merrily.
Two Buzzards slowly drifted overhead, and soon disappeared from view as they crossed over the railway line.

I wandered down to where my regular Robin waits for his seed, and he soon appeared.



While he was feeding, I quickly scanned through the group of Tufted Duck out on the water.



There amongst them was a male Scaup.



A few more pictures,




and then I made my way back to the car park.



The footpath all around the rowing club is still under water, and the level is still quite high by the houses.



I think they're safe though.



Despite the lousy weather, an excellent morning.








Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  38


9 comments:

  1. Good count of birds this morning Keith, despite all that water!
    And you seem to be getting quite adept at dodging all that traffic, take care.
    Great find with the Scaup (hope it's still there in the morning?) ...[;o)

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  2. Cheers Trev. Yea, some good birds about today; but there usually are anyway ;-)

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  3. Hi Keith,
    Don't want to rain on your parade, but don't think it's a true Scaup.hybrid Scaup/ Tufted Duck would be my guess.
    The back isn't grey enough, black on the bill isn't restricted to the nail and the white panel on the side resembles that of a drake Tuftie.
    Still a great find though

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  4. After a few tweets Rob, the general consensus is ....... male hybrid Tufted x Pochard.
    Still, like you say, good find.
    Not easy at times this birding lark is it. lol

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  5. This is a nother grand walk. This weather is getting me down.

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  6. I think your right about the male Tufted/female Pochard Keith. The absence of the speckled feathers over the back seem to rule out Scaup, not that I know much about it.{:))

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  7. Started terrible here today Adrian, but I thought sod it. Went out, and a few hours later the sun came out.
    But yea, all this rain is very depressing.

    Cheers Roy. It had me scratching my head a bit for a while. Certain things just didn't add up how they should.
    Put some pictures on Twitter in the end, and got the mystery cleared up.

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  8. Good total in spite of the flooding, I can never figure out these hybrids...always a puzzle to me!

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  9. Totally agree Sondra. The ID's can be challenging for some birds at the best of times, but when they start crossing over .... lol

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