American lesser scaup on Isles of Scilly

This video from from Wales says about itself:

Lesser Scaup, Cosmeston, 21 February 2012

This very fine drake Lesser Scaup has been returning to the Cardiff area for a number of years but this was the first time I’d gone for it, calling in on the way back from the Common Yellowthroat. It showed very well for me but the light was awkward and fading fast.

Are round the lesser scaup in this video swim tufted ducks.

From the Rare Bird Network in Britain today, on Twitter:

Scilly: LESSER SCAUP 1 drake today on St. Mary’s. At Lower Moors, for second day.

Ring-necked ducks video

This video, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, says about itself:

Male Ring-necked Duck with females

5 June 2015

Ring-necked Ducks are diving ducks that are typically found in shallow wetlands and smaller lakes and ponds throughout North America. White markings on the bill, along with the black back of the male help separate them from the similar Greater and Lesser Scaup.

Teal moulting, video

This video shows teal, moulting in autumn in nature reserve De Onlanden in the Netherlands.

Henk Dikkema made this video.

Long-tailed duck bathing, video

This video shows a long-tailed duck bathing in the Netherlands.

Corne Koopmans made the video.

Heron and ducks in the USA, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

17 August 2015

A Great Blue Heron walks near the edge of Sapsucker Pond next to the [Cornell] Lab of Ornithology. Mallard ducks can be found here sunning themselves on the rocks during the day.

Dutch wigeon saved from shooting

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

The Eurasian Wigeon is in the winter the second most numerous duck in the Netherlands. Here in the lake of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. The males of the Eurasian Wigeons can be recognized by their orange red head with a yellow forehead. On the chest is a portion of salmon pink and the back is grey. The rear part is black. Females are mostly brown. The sound of the males is a high characteristic “piiew piiew”. This distinctive call has given the bird the nickname “whistling duck”. The wintering area is among others the Netherlands. In the summer they breed in Scandinavia and Siberia.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last winter thousands of wigeon have been saved “saved” in North Holland province. The province had issued permits to dislodge wigeon while shooting many of them. BirdLife and local bird groups had raised objections. The court had ruled already that no wigeon should be shot there. Now, the province has also upheld our objections.

Common scoters not migrating together

This video is called Male common scoter (Melanitta nigra).

From daily The Independent in South Africa:

Birds of a feather don’t fly together

July 28 2015 at 08:53am

London – The British Royal Family famously never travel on the same plane to ensure the survival of the monarchy in the event of a disaster.

Now scientists say Britain’s most endangered duck employs a similar tactic by splitting up when it comes to their migration.

Despite its name, the common scoter is down to just 40 breeding pairs in the UK – mostly in the Scottish Highlands.

Researchers who tagged four birds nesting in the same loch found they flew to different winter locations in Scotland, Ireland and Morocco.

A spokesperson for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said: “The fact they stay apart in winter is a bit like the Royal Family never flying together – it means they can’t all be affected by a single issue like a storm or oil spill.”

The discovery is useful in the trust’s attempts to discover what is behind the falling population in Britain as the scoter is thriving elsewhere. “Whatever is causing their decline is more likely to be in the summer when they’re all together in the Highlands,” said the spokesperson.

Common scoters and other birds in Scheveningen, the Netherlands: here.