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Old Monday 12th March 2018, 05:58   #1
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Lesser Scaup ?????

These two ducks were noted on a local NE England lake two days ago and were photographed and tagged as lesser scaup on our local Facebook page. Im not certain as to whether they are lesser scaup so a bit of I.d. Help is needed !!
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Old Monday 12th March 2018, 06:02   #2
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Don’t know about the female but the drake looks like a Greater to me.
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Old Monday 12th March 2018, 06:08   #3
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Both look like Greater Scaup.
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Old Monday 12th March 2018, 10:26   #4
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Yep, Greater.

Which lake?
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Killingworth lake.
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Killingworth lake.
Thanks! Wish you'd said 2 days ago - quite a scarce bird locally, a lot of people would like to see them
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Thanks! Wish you'd said 2 days ago - quite a scarce bird locally, a lot of people would like to see them
Ummm... he did say two days ago in his original post.
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Old Monday 12th March 2018, 22:20   #8
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Ummm... he did say two days ago in his original post.
Yep, I know! That's when they were seen; it's very annoying that a local rarity (and potentially, a significant national rarity) was not mentioned for 2 days, and when it was, without a location until prompted, despite the location being a public park. I'm just hoping they'll still be there tomorrow . . .
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Any photo's that give an idea of size? Lesser Scaup are very small, smaller than tufted duck for example. I agree with Greater Scaup from pic
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Old Tuesday 13th March 2018, 12:10   #10
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Yes nice birds and nice photograph, you don,t always need reservoirs to see such birds thou that is where I saw my first greater scaup, If your lucky enough and sometimes the time of the day helps a small back water can provide some nice surprises, only this winter such a water near me hosted 3 whooper swans Its the first time I,ve heard of tundra swans on there before.
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Alas, gone now - no sign of them this morning.
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