We hunt a wide variety of birds, from Eiders to Long-Tailed ducks (Old Squaw), Surf Scoter, White Wing Scoter, Common Scoter, Brant & Black Ducks, as well as Divers including Buffle-Heads, Blue Bills, and Golden Eye. If you continue to use this site we’ll assume you’re happy to receive all cookies. In winter, look for these dark-bodied ducks (and the browner females) near to shore, defying ocean waves with a quick dive just before they break. Females are mostly brown with a distinctive face pattern, a blackish cap contrasting with a pale cheek. Just a few years ago ... ornithologists segregated two of the original four scoter species to recognize both genetic and plumage differences. Since Magnus Robb posted a Sound Approach article describing the short ‘peep‘ calls of migrating Common Scoters, this species has been a target for many UK nocturnal migration recorders. Some authors suggest that only adult males’ wings make this … With the peak of spring fast approaching, we're going to look at some of the commoner species you're likely to encounter on your noc-mig sessions. The RSPB, the Wildfowl, Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has designated a number of sites as Special Protected Areas (SPAs) under the European Birds Directive. Dives for food, mostly eats mollusks. Common Goldeneye. I’ve since recorded these calls in combination again, in October 2018. Common Scoter Melanitta nigra, Mina de São Domingos, Mértola, Portugal, 22:03, 12 March 2012 (Magnus Robb).A flock migrating overland, with only male calls audible. Numbers have rapidly declined in the UK probably due to oil spills, and predators such as the mink. Dives without jumping and with wings slightly open. Occurs locally in flocks of hundreds, but also found as singles and small groups. Canvasback. This package includes: 2 Swivel Head Active Drakes. There are three types of native scoters seen in North America. Wings held tight against body when diving. We think we heard the calls at c 23:00pm here in Clevedon and then again c 23:30pm. SHOP APPAREL. Melanitta americana Was once called "Common Scoter," but that name is now restricted to a similar species in the Old World. Number observed: 100. I don’t know how common these calls are or which ages or sexes produce them, but I would interested to hear from anyone else who has recordings of similar calls. When feeding, they usually spring forward and dive with … LEARN MORE. On northern waters, more vocal than the other two scoters, giving clear whistled calls. https://nocmig.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/20180414_0313_cb4dodo-cx-calls-and-wingbeats.mp3, https://nocmig.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/20180830_0121_cb4dodo-odd-duck-low-whistle.mp3, https://nocmig.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/20180514_2330_skagdodo-cx.mp3, Last train to scoterville | John Dempsey Birdblog. Breeding / Nesting: The lined nest is built on the ground close to the sea, lakes or rivers, in woodland or tundra. These are the Black Scoter, the Surf Scoter and the White-winged Scoter. We hope all of enjoy the product. Have you seen something interesting? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Ipswich Bay to Southern Jeffrey’s Ledge: Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long … It was not unusual for me to be sat at my kitchen table with a coffee in the morning, pouring over my recording from the previous night, only to be faced with identifying a series of sounds which sounded nothing like anything I'd heard before. Then, at 9.15 pm, Blackburn-based birder Bill Aspin took to Twitter to say "Common Scoter are pouring east over my house in Feniscowles. Voice Text. Sure to please every sea duck enthusist! Last two characters usable for identification at very long range. SEA DUCK HUNTS. Here’s one such recording, from a typically noisy night in Cambridge (03:13, 14th April 2018). Breeding in North America, Eurasia: c, e Siberia, n NA; can be seen in 20 countries. My first record was of two birds calling for over a minute as they approached, flew directly over and continued. Posts about Common Scoter written by simongillings. Xeno-canto (XC) is an online database that provides access to sound recordings of wild birds from around the world. Common goldeneye. Nighttime flight calls of Water Rail are sometimes described as kip notes. Common merganser. There are 621 species of birds on the British list as of 24 January 2020, the latest addition being the white-rumped swift. There is also one vagrant from Eurasia, called the Common Scoter, that shows up on the coastal waters from time to time. Once they change into their winter plumage, the scoters are very difficult to identify. Some Common Scoter recordings on Xeno-canto include longer calls, but these are at the same frequency as the peep calls, around 1.8 kHz, and sound like drawn out peep notes, as in this example I recorded in Skagen, Denmark in May 2018. Number observed: 200. The common scoter is an all dark seaduck, the male is totally black and the female lighter, with a pale face. The recordings are shared by a growing community of thousands of recordists from around the world, amateur birdwatchers and professionals alike. These are the Black Scoter, the Surf Scoter and the White-winged Scoter. They forage for marsh insects in summer and dive for mussels in winter. Insect larvae, fish eggs and the seeds of water plants also eaten in freshwater breeding habitat. The day still held one or two surprises – though not quite comparable with the excitement of the eagle – with a female Common Scoter on the sea off North Light, and what was highly likely to be a second Woodlark calling over the Terrace at 13.20hrs (Dean Jones), then seen and heard well on the west sidelands just north of Halfway Wall at 16.30hrs (Tim Davis & Tim Jones). There is also one vagrant from Eurasia, called the Common Scoter, that shows up on the coastal waters from time to time. We will not include wildfowl among the first 50, as their calls are the same day and night, and there are plenty recordings available elsewhere. Calls: Short accented "tup tup tup" and a shivering "gahhahahaha". Common Scoter frequency range is just above 2khtz, dropping to 1.5khtz. The UK breeding population of this small diving seaduck has substantially declined and … Swimming birds may not always show white secondaries. Looking back through my scoter recordings I realised that “reversing vehicle noise” from 14th April was actually the same long flat calls. I've actually encountered Eurasian Wigeon fairly infrequently, but their calls can be confused with Eurasian Oystercatcher, which is why they're included here. Later life has so many advantages but one or two drawbacks. I've always found them to be exceptionally vocal, making life just that little bit easier as there are usually several calls to work with. Late March and early April 2018 were memorable for the number of scoters crossing southern and central England, with many people recording the species for the first time. Wings held tight against body when diving. Cape Cod provides several choices of accomodations to suit you during your stay. Common Scoter call is a simple pyu repeated over and over, with around one second between each call. White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) bird calls on dibird.com. Common Scoters are among the most vocal of waterfowl. If you’re looking to book a high caliber waterfowl adventure targeting sea ducks in Western Washington or puddle and diver ducks in Eastern Washington please call us today at 509-820-6588 Living on the coast, waders and wildfowl are my most-encountered species in spring. Other Sounds. I like to think I'm pretty good on calls in the field, yet I still bother the experts regularly with those I can't clinch at night. 1 Swivel Head Rester Hen. Small breeding populations in West and North West a largest lakes such as Lough Corrib in Galway and Lough arrow in Sligo. A stark velvety black seaduck with a bright pumpkin-orange knob at the base of its bill, the male Black Scoter is distinctive at almost any distance. Then, at 9.15 pm, Blackburn-based birder Bill Aspin took to Twitter to say "Common Scoter are pouring east over my house in Feniscowles. 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