Thursday, 2 April 2020

Lowton Bird Observatory, Day 10 - Huge movement of common scoter

The past couple of days have seen a huge passage of common scoter at night over North West England, probably involving birds moving from the North Wales coast and Liverpool Bay back to their breeding grounds in northern Russia. I'm glad to say that the obs shared in the experience with three or four flocks over during the course of a bitterly cold evening. The calls were quite distant except for one flock which seemed to fly right overhead. A tremendous experience and unsurprisingly common scoter is a garden tick! Just as I was about to turn in for the night a couple of oystercatchers flew over calling.

It seemed like fun at first but it turned into a battle for survival!

Not too much to report during daylight hours with just the usual species seen.

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