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Seen on a gull watching trip with Martin Garner.
Similar to Tufted, but the flanks are duskier with a white streak at leading edge as it swims. The bill has that whitish saddle, too, and the head is peaked higher at the rear. Beautiful birds...the last one I saw was on a golf course at Durness on the north coast of Scotland...a really remote location!
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Well, I won't make that mistake again! I've never come across this bird before. Anyone know anything about the species? Distribution, numbers, cross-breeding etc.? I have now found it in a couple of field-guides and have had a look at RSPB web site but they are short on info.
The species is American in origin, and some (perhaps many?) of the ones in Europe are believed to be escapes although a 1977 recovery in Slimbridge shows that trans-Atlantic vagrancy does occur.
Information derived from Bird of the Western Palearctic interactive.
This bird has been at Cowpen Bewley for a couple of years now.
Lat/Lng: 54.623, -1.2516
OS grid ref: NZ484255