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In Search of the Lesser Scaup

 

One fine day at Marshside RSPB reserve the word soon spread and hords of twitchers descended on the site, there was a Lesser Scaup on the marsh. This bird is a native of the Americas so I believe, and is a rare sight in Northern Europe. Not knowing a Scaup from a Peking Duck I thought the view of the twitchers was more interesting. The road is quite busy and drivers tend to speed along it but these people were invincible.


 

In Search of the Lesser Scaup

 

One fine day at Marshside RSPB reserve the word soon spread and hords of twitchers descended on the site, there was a Lesser Scaup on the marsh. This bird is a native of the Americas so I believe, and is a rare sight in Northern Europe. Not knowing a Scaup from a Peking Duck I thought the view of the twitchers was more interesting. The road is quite busy and drivers tend to speed along it but these people were invincible.


 

comments (5)

Hi Les... Interesting bunch of peops here. I enjoy viewing your pix daily... especially your museum shots.
Les Auld: Thanks you Jacquelyn, I appreciate your stopping by to look.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Mar 2011, 07:45
Great picture, it brings a smile to my face.
One day at the isle of Texel, in the north of Holland, famous to bird watchers, I saw about 200 grown men and women running like crazy through the fields to spot a 3 inch rare bird.......I wonder if they scared it away wink
Les Auld: It always amazes me the effect a small bird can have on a significant portion of the population. Thanks for the comment.
But are they so different than a line-up of photographers waiting for a Black 5 to come along Les smile
Les Auld: No Brian, and you may probably get a few more for a Black 5. Thanks for the comment.
A hardy bunch, to be sure. A pelican blew into Halifax after a storm this winter,landing atop a strip club. It has been driven to South Carolina just recently. The birders were flocking to see him.
Les Auld: They flock everywhere Mary, I suspect they do have a fast communications network. Thanks for the comment.

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