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Sunday, 1 March 2015

A brace of North American birds

An early start today to connect with the male surf scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) which has been reported off Stokes Bay, Gosport since 25th February. The bird was accompanied by two male common scoter (Melanitta nigra). The scoters were distant, in choppy seas, and the surfer stayed mainly with its back to the shore, although infrequently changing direction to show it's stunning head and bill features. My first Hampshire twitch of the year, and a Lifer. Unfortunately it was beyond the reach of my camera set up, hence the BTO Birdtrack record shot!

After watching the scoters for about an hour, I headed to Walpole Park to add the wintering ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) to the year list, the bird returning to the park for its 12th winter in 2014.

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