29.01.21 Velvet Scoter Sovereign Harbour.

It’s a site I don’t look at much, although it does occasionally produce the odd decent bird. This young drake Velvet Scoter turned up in early December and is about to head into it’s 3rd calendar month of residence. It was initially very distant, feeding amongst the moored yachts but to my surprise, it came very close being completely unfazed by the many people escaping the tedium of lockdown. There was also a single Shag in the harbour too, note worthy here!.

I’ve seen little on Beachy Head bedsides a lingering Dartford Warbler in Shooters Bottom. This winter has seen good Auk numbers offshore, mostly Razorbill and often in the many 100’s. This must be down to good feeding in local waters. March can’t come soon enough, winter is good for little on Beachy Head.


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