Thursday, 28 January 2010

SCAUPS- Beddington Farmlands

Sea ducks arrived at Beddington today in the form of three Greater Scaup. There was one 1st winter male (top pic left) and two female types. In photo one and two the female on the right is more an adult female type and the other bird perhaps a younger female.
Pic 3 shows an adult male Tufted Duck and the three Greater Scaups in flight. Note the heavier build and longer bills of the Greater Scaups.

This is only the 6th record for Beddington and the first since 2002. The first record was a pair on February 2nd 1947 but then not recorded until 1991. Three records were of singletons and the 2002 record also concerned three birds.

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