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Catching up with December’s bird visitors again today, this time with a Greater scaup that spent a few days before Christmas at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. Sadly, it didn’t hang around for us local patch birders to add it to our 2022 bird list. This handsome bird, pictured below with a male and female Tufted duck, is probably a first-winter male, which is why it doesn’t yet have the fully light grey back seen in adult males.

220111 scaup