Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Yet another VELVET SCOTER and a late autumn KNOT!
Well what a week this has been locally.......
On Sunday, I had never seen a VELVET SCOTER in BUCKINGHAMSHIRE in my 50-year birding career in the region but by Wednesday, I had seen three!! The two juveniles that Paul Moon had discovered at Willen Lake South Basin on Monday (and still present today) and a juvenile drake that Dave Cleal discovered at Dorney Rowing Lakes on Tuesday and I watched until dusk that day. My best shots of the latter are published below.
Add to this another Paul Moon discovery today (Wednesday 9th November). This very confiding juvenile (GREY) KNOT on the mud in front of the Viaduct Hide at the Floodplain Forest Local Nature Reserve at Manor Farm, Old Wolverton. We get on average just 1 Knot a year in Bucks and this was it!!