Scaup (Greater Scaup) Aythya marila

This species normally winters in quite small numbers in Norfolk, the most regular sites being in the west of the county including Holme, Snettisham and Denver Sluice.

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1 first-winter male & 2 female Scaup, Denver Sluice (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2005

 

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male Scaup, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 28th December 2015

 

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female and first-winter male Scaup, Loch Ryan (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 29th December 2011

 

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1 adult male, 1 first-winter male & 1-2 female Scaup, Wells (Norfolk, UK), 27th February 2010

 

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male Scaup (with Tufted Ducks), Bittering (Norfolk, UK), 20th August 2013

 

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female Scaup, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 18th August 2003

 

female Scaup, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 19th September 2003

 

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The same bird is shown in each of these 3 photos.

This bird remained at Snetttisham for several years: the species is not normally resident in the county during the summer and it was reported that this bird was an escapee - not sure if there was any evidence to support that or if it was an assumption based on it oversummering (which in itself is not proof of captive origin)

 

female Scaup, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 5th July 2004

 

 

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first-winter male Scaup (with Tufted Ducks), Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 21st December 2007

 

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male & female Scaup, Loch Ryan (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 28th December 2005

 

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possible Scaup, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 24th November 2007 - at the time I was satisfied that this bird was a Scaup and assumed that the indistinct white patch around the bill indicated that it was a juvenile male (the first-winter drake shown above was present on my next visit, four weeks later), although I sought feedback as I wasn't wholly convinced. Looking back at my photos a few years later I am now wondering whether it was a misidentification. Some female Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrids can look very much like this bird, although the head shape would appear to count against that.

 

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female Scaup, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 8th February 2014

 

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first-winter Scaup, Whitlingham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 7th February 2010

 

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Scaup, Hunstanton (Norfolk, UK), 28th March 2011

 

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Scaup flock, Hunstanton (Norfolk, UK), 14th March 2011

 

Scaup, Hodbarrow (Cumrbia, UK), 28th December 2011

 

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first-winter male Scaup (with Mallard), Kings Lynn Docks (Norfolk, UK), 25th January 2009

 

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Scaup, Martin Mere (Lancashire, UK), 26th December 2012