Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lesser Scaup

I was informed by local birders that this immature female Lesser Scaup arrived at Slimbridge just after Christmas 2010.  The bird has remained on the outer side of the reserve in pools close to the Severn Estuary.  Birders biggest worries are that this rare Trans-Atlantic vagrant from North American might decide to hop into one of the collection pens and interbreed with the pinioned drake Lesser Scaup at the Centre.  Looks to me that it might fancy its chances with a drake tufted Duck.

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