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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Lesser Scaup

Various people are still reporting Lesser Scaup at Cosmeston [and CBWR]. Is this really the genuine article? The only bird I have seen on and off since I got back from hold, appears to be the suspected hybrid Tufted x Gt Scaup that I originally thought was the Lsr when I first found it, until photos were taken. The bird I saw at Cossie on Sat during the GBC walk seemed to be the hybrid to me, just from the size [it appears to be slightly bulkier than Tufty], although the black bill nail did seem v small and restricted to the very centre of the bill tip. Also the nape > rear crown shape does not seem quite right for Lsr and there is a distinct 'bump' implying a vestigial tuft. I'll try & get some HD video next time I visit.


Phil B said...

Have seen the bird at Cardiff Bay wetlands twice recently and definitely the Lesser Scaup in my view.

John Wilson said...

Cheers Phil. Unless of course there are 2 birds but I doubt that. I'll try & upload the video I took of my original find, although the bird is asleep in that .. and I'll try & video the one I am seeing at present.