Sunday, 25 January 2015
Scaup at Beccles Quay
On Saturday 24th January, Jenny & I travelled to Beccles Quay parking at the car park at the end of Fen Lane. I walked along the "canal" to the Quay where 4 birders were present. The 2 Scaup were on the far side of the river. More distant than I was expecting, both appeared to be female birds, one bird with a thick white band near the bill and the other bird an immature bird. But after feeding for sometime, they eventually swam much closer and promptly went to sleep, their head tugged under the wing. Eventually first one then the other bird woke up swam back a little way then a boat forced them to swim very quickly south along the river where they hung around the boats before another boat heading directly foxed the birds to fly up high in a complete circle then they landed on the far northern section of the river. A Kingfisher was also heard but not seen.