Saturday, 7 April 2012

Common Scoter

 An unusual and rarely seen sea duck , a Common Scoter, was found sulking in a garden at Bransholme, Hull this week.
The bird a last years female was migrating overland and heading to quiet breeding grounds.  The reason for her coming down in such an unlikely spot will never be known.
She spent a few hours here bobbing on the swan pond.
I rang Craig Ralston for advice and he said 2 Velvet Scoters were presently on the sea in Filey Bay and it would be a good spot to release this sea diving duck.

Craig and Lucy taking a close up before ringing and release at Filey.

About to go, Bella was more interested in the donkeys !

Craig releasing the Common Scoter into the surf. She flew/ paddled with ease, ducking under the breakers and headed off to the calm water beyond. Mega !
Thanks to Craig once again and Lucy got a ringing tick !

Bella on a donkey, we went on for fish and chips and a go on the swings, so all in all we all had a good day.

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