On Sunday, after spending my 3rd morning in Mudbank Lane looking for the Scaup, I checked Birdguides to find that it was at at Bowling Green Marsh. I jumped in the van and headed straight over there. At first the hide was full due to an RSPB event, but I managed to get a distant & not very satisfactory view of the Scaup. I went for a wander up to the platform & Goatwalk before returning to the hide to find it nice and quiet with just one birder sketching a wigeon. I found a duck which I thought was the Scaup over the far side of the pond & the other chap agreed. He turned out to be very knowledgeable & helpful, and when the Scaup obligingly swam up the channel towards the hide he pointed out the features that distinguish if form a Tufted Duck, including the small patch of grey on its back that identified it as a 1st winter male.
|The Scaup swam up the channel towards the hide giving us an excellent view|
|It 's the minute white spot above the far right fence post!|
|I had the Canon with me so at least you can see what it is.|
|Karen in action...|
|View from the dam end....the reserve area is at the other end.|
|View across the Southweek inlet (DBWPS hide just visible on the water's edge)|
Year list total now on 207.