velvet scoter


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velvet scoter

n
(Animals) a European sea duck, Melanitta fusca, the male of which has a black plumage with white patches below the eyes and on the wings
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A long-tailed duck flew past Llanddulas on Sunday, while on Anglesey a female velvet scoter and a couple of little gulls have been at Lligwy Bay.
Among the ever-increasing numbers observed were the velvet scoter, red kite, kingfishers, cuckoos, buzzards and the spotted redshank.
In particular, the Commission considers that the prohibition period in Finland for the hunting of certain common birds, which was recently extended to cover the period from April 10 to July 31, is still not extensive enough to fully cover the entire spring migration and breeding season of these species.In addition, the Commission considers that Finland is not justified in relying on derogations to allow the hunting of certain waterfowl species during Spring in certain municipalities on the Southern coast of Finland and on the ?land Islands (for example, Velvet Scoter, Melanitta fusca and Woodcock Scolopax rusticola).
Velvet Scoter, Melanitta fusca, Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula).
Birdwatchers checking out flocks of seaducks off the Conwy coast have been rewarded with good views of two Surf Scoters and at least one Velvet Scoter among the greater numbers of Common Scoters on flat, calm seas off Llanddulas.
Goldcrests have been scarce since last month's freeze, but two firecrests fed by the cycle path below Llanddulas this week, while a velvet scoter and several scaup were among 14,000 common scoters offshore.
Up to three Quails sing from fields south of Holt, a Hooded Crow was at RSPB South Stack, a Black Redstart on the Little Orme, and a female Velvet Scoter was among 8,000 Common Scoters off Llanddulas over the weekend.
Numbers of common scoter also swell during the winter and hopefully some velvet scoter will make it this far south.
Constant checking of the scoters - usually little more than black blobs scuttling along in lines over the waves can reveal something scarcer, and just as I was giving way to the delirium of exposure, a superb male velvet scoter flewpast - the white panels on its secondaries contrasting beautifully with its coal black wings - before landing to disappear into the muddy swell.
Careful scanning produced three velvet scoter amongst hundreds of common scoter, a long tailed duck and a scaup.