Friday, 27 March 2015

Cosmeston

Pretty quiet but Mistle and Song Thrush ad Chiffchaff were in song. A Sprawk flew over E lake and 2 Jays were active. Lol Middleton saw the hybrid Tufted x poss Pochard [looks like the Lesser Scaup but has a coppery tinge to the head and an extensive black tip to the bill. Some good shits next to the Lesser Scaup by Paul Denning on the South Wales Birding Facebook gout.
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Cosmeston

The drake Lesser Scaup was on W lake Cosmeston this morning with a small group of Tufties. Pretty confident it was the bird and not the hybrid Lol & I saw a couple of weeks ago. This had a tiny black bill 'nail' and very flat nape, and a plummy tone to the head rather than the coppery tone and extensive black nail of the hybrid. Also 4 prs of GC Grebes 2 pairs on each lake. A Mistle Thrush was singing by the central path near W paddock.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Cosmeston

Short walk late a.m. Drake Wigeon on W lake tog with 4 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant. Pr GCG displaying on E lake. 30 each of Redwing and Fieldfare flew out of trees on N side to E lake, and 2 Green Peckers by the playground.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Cosmeston



Interesting Aythya hybrid on W lake Cosmeston this morning. Looked superficially like Lesser Scaup, but had bronzy tinge to head and was slightly bulkier than Tufted. When Lawrence arrived with his scope, the black bill nail could be seen the too extensive. Nape was flat-ish but not flat enough IMO although it did have the small bump at the join of nape & crown. Back was nicely vermiculated grey. You have to wonder whether the regular Lesser Scaup is cross-breeding.

Also present of interest, 1 drake Wigeon and 3 Gadwall