Tuesday, 22 November 2016

All at sea

With the weather clearing and it looking calm offshore a quick look off Teignmouth seafront seemed appropriate - and so it proved. Before getting out the car a Great Northern Diver was seen around the groynes and distant flock of duck were visible.

From the roof of the yacht club the duck were soon confirmed as a flock of 10 Eider, a great patch record. With them was a second Great Northern Diver and a proper scan showed at least seven birds across the bay. Whilst scanning a small bird was picked up distantly off the Ness, once on full zoom it could be identified as an immature Long-tailed Duck, presumably the bird reported on Saturday. Later on a much better view was obtained from Ness beach were it showed well until flushed by a surfacing Great Northern Diver and flew north.

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