Velvet Scoter, High Rid Reservoir, Bolton

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Leonard Poxon
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Velvet Scoter, High Rid Reservoir, Bolton

Post by Leonard Poxon » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:29 pm

Went to see the Scoter this morning. I was quite a way out from the bank and diving a lot, coming up most times a long way from spot it dove down. I never managed to see if it ate anything as it never seemed to come up with any swan Mussels. It looks healthy enough though.
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Neville Root
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Re: Velvet Scoter, High Rid Reservoir, Bolton

Post by Neville Root » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:54 pm

Nice shots Len. I was going to trundle down there myself, but went to see the smew redhead at HOM instead (lifer for me). No luck trying to shoo one of the 1000's of wigeon Chorley way!

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Re: Velvet Scoter, High Rid Reservoir, Bolton

Post by peter rowlands » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:45 pm

Brilliant pics Len, well done.
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Re: Velvet Scoter, High Rid Reservoir, Bolton

Post by Neil Southworth » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:17 pm

Velvet Scoter still present this afternoon, showing well close to the shore when I arrived, although it did drift out into the middle of the reservoir later. The water was surprisingly calm after this morning's winds.

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Re: Velvet Scoter, High Rid Reservoir, Bolton

Post by Leonard Poxon » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:39 pm

Thanks Neville & Peter, it was a lifer for me.

I saw a female Smew a few years ago at Worthington Reservoir though at the time it was disputed if it was an escapee from a wildfowl collection. I then saw a male at Lunt Meadows in April 2016, which a great bird. Smew if my favourite Duck.
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Smew (male)

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