This 1st male LESSER SCAUP at Lower Moors was first thought to be a 'aythya' hybrid. Thanks to Josh Jones, who first brought our attention to this second for Scilly, and Chris Batty.
While observing the LESSER SCAUP at point blank range on the scrape at Lower Moors with Bob Dawson this morning, there were 2 Reed Bunting calling nearby. Bob thought that there might be another yank duck that's arrived on Tresco on the same winds as the scaup. At 11.00 we found ourselves looking out from the Swarovski hide at a good number of wildfowl on the Great Pool. However, there was not a single 'aythya' duck on there! In fact we didn't see any diving ducks elsewhere and the highlights were a female Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 16 Wigeon, 35+Gadwall, 50+Teal and 5 Reed Bunting. (4 around the Great Pool and a single at the Abbey Pool
Along pool Road it was also very quiet but we did manage to get 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 15+Chiffchaff and 2 Brambling with 20+Chaffinch. Walking along from Carn Near towards the beach towards the Blockhouse proved hard work and we could only muster 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Egret, 1 Black Redstart and a male Merlin. For the rest of the day it didn't get any better.
2 Yellow-browed Warbler were at each end of Pool Road
There were also 2 Brambling in the area
Immature male Merlin
There were a 2nd winter and adult Mediterranean Gull at Pentle Bay
Little Egret with the 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull
Up to 8 Little Egret were also at Pentle Bay
One of the Little Egret had coloured rings on it's legs. What we could make out was Yellow CO on the right leg and red Z on the left. We couldn't get anything else on the ring as it flew off. Please contact me if anyone could shed some light on this egret.
The Pink-footed Goose at Peninnis
With it's unusual behavour of favoring the shallows, technique of feeding like a Mallard, not once observed diving and also appeared to have a larger bill and a more rounded head, raised questions that maybe it's a hybrid.
However, when alert, it looked smaller and looked just like a Lesser Scaup
And this was confirmed by it's wing pattern.
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