Seawatching from 10-11am this morning - nothing much on the sea, but a Red-throated Diver flew north and 3 Common Scoters (2m) flew south.

The highlight however was at 2:05pm when I picked up another 3 Scoters flying south, but this time one of them was a Velvet Scoter! The group then turned around and flew back up north. On the first flyby when the birds were closer, I could clearly see the white secondary panels. It was probably a 1st winter female as it was brown and had a pale belly. It also seemed a tiny bit smaller than the two male Common Scoters it was with.

I don't remember seeing any other reports of Velvet Scoter this winter, so quite a lucky sighting!

Posted March 20th, 2013 at 4:36 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News