This note, by a then-prominent member of the Club, first appeared in ‘British Birds’ volume 40:7 (page 219–20), in December 1954.
Bird and place names were spelt as shown. For their current status, please see our county lists.
Velvet Scoters in Staffordshire.
On January 2nd, 1947, I visited Belvide Reservoir, near Gailey, Staffordshire , and found that two Velvet Scoters (Melanitta f. fusca) were present. The day was one of bright sunshine and very cold frost.
The birds were about forty yards distant and the white wing patch was clearly seen, but they took wing as soon as I put the glasses (6 × 30) on them so I did not see the sides of the head. However, I had an excellent view of them in full sunlight as they flew off, the white speculum being seen to great advantage, and even in this light, the birds appeared very dark and were almost certainly both males. They kept well away from the two thousand or so other ducks present.
D. R. Mirams.
Reproduced by kind permission of British Birds .
Thanks to Dr. Malcolm Ogilvie for scanning the original, from his collection.
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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