Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

The Vel­vet Scoter, is, like its more com­mon cousin, fun­da­men­tally a sea­d­uck in win­ter off the UK coast. They are much scarcer than Com­mon Scot­ers, with only about 2,500 birds win­ter­ing. Scan at sea for black-coloured scot­ers with white wing patches and white around the eye on a male. Fe­males are browner, but also have pale cheek patches and white in the wing. They are mainly east coast birds, be­ing most nu­mer­ous off the Scot­tish coast.

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