No Lesser Scaup for me
This time last week I was hoping that a drake Lesser Scaup at Brockholes would hang on into the weekend but there was no such luck. However a call from John Wright on Saturday afternoon raised hopes as he'd found a Scaup asleep with three Tufties on Fishmoor Reservoir. I dashed over but it soon became apparent that this was a different bird to the one a Brockholes. Could it be another?
It was an hour later before we got any prolonged views of it in any pose other than asleep - the nail on the bill was coloured black but it seemed to be too broad. Then it sat up and flapped - white in the primaries and a dark tide line indicated that this was actually a first winter Greater Scaup.
At least we enjoyed a lovely sunset whilst a Mediterranean Gull flew over.
There's been nothing really to talk about at Rishton Reservoir though there are three pairs of Great-crested Grebes displaying. All the easterlies have meant a general dearth of rainfall and the reservoir levels are dropping so there'll be few nest sites again.