Thursday, 17 October 2013

In the Gloaming

On Wednesday we changed because of a very damp forecast to Tophill Low.  Here the star birds were 2 Jack Snipe among 4 bog standard Common Snipe.  Also worthy of note was a single drake Common Scoter on O Res.  We looked at this for absolutely aeons until Sally could make out that the pale colour on the bill was indeed orange.  Susan reported a female Pintail on Watton Borrow Pits in the morning, so in the afternoon I checked every bird, and can confirm there were a pair of Pintail in eclipse.  The drake was even further behind the North Cave bird in moulting out of its eclipse plumage.
Record Shot of Common Scoter (c) 2013 Tony Robinson

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