BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Common Scoter



Common Scoter Melanitta nigra (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Scoter Melanitta nigra (Linnaeus, 1758)

(Very scarce PM)

  1. pre-1907 (D. Carr). See note 1 below.
  2. Two, ♂♀ not aged (shot), 29th Dec. 1911 (per B.W. Tucker).
  3. Present, winter 1920-21 (D. Carr per B.W. Tucker).
  4. One, immature or ♀, 4th Dec. 1927 (per B.W. Tucker).
  5. One, adult , 17th March to 4th May 1929 (B.W. Tucker, L.A. Hawkins, C.R. Stonor).
  6. Two, ♂♀ not aged, 8th April 1930 (F.L. Blathwayt, A.C. Leach, B.W. Tucker).
  7. One, adult , 14th April 1940 (H.H. Davis).
  8. One, adult (dead), 13th April 1941 (H. Tetley, H.H. Davis). See note 2 below.
  9. One, adult , 13th Jan. 1946 (R.E. Alley, G. Edwards).
  10. Two, ♂♀ not aged, 10th March 1946 (A.V. Cornish).
  11. One, adult , 12th-14th April 1947 (A.C. Leach, H.J. Boyd).
  12. Two, not aged, 13th Nov. 1948 (M.J. Wotton).
  13. One, adult (oiled, dead), 22nd Jan. 1949 (M.J. Wotton, B.J. Bailey).
  14. One, adult (dead), 6th March 1949 (B. King).
  15. Two, not aged, 29th Jan. 1951 (W.L. Roseveare).
  16. One, adult , 22nd July 1951 (P.J. Chadwick).
  17. Three, not aged, 16th June 1958 (B. King).
  18. One, adult (thought to be oiled), 5th-6th Dec. 1964 (R.J. Prytherch, D.E. Ladhams).
  19. Three, not aged, 7th May 1972 (A.H. Davis).
  20. One, not sexed or aged, 7th Dec. 1974 (per T.B. Silcocks).
  21. Two, not sexed or aged, 14th Sep. 1985.
  22. Sixteen, 13 & three not aged, 12th July 1989 (A.M. Dibble). See note 3 below.
  23. One, not aged, 21st July 1991.
  24. One, not aged, 19th Sep. 1992. See note 4 below.
  25. Six, not aged, 31st July 1993. See note 5 below.
  26. One, not aged, 15th Aug. 1993.
  27. One, adult , 6th-16th Nov. 1993.
  28. One, not aged, 7th Aug. 1994.
  29. One, not aged, 3rd Aug. 1999.
  30. Four, or juvenile, 29th Oct. 2000 (N.R. Milbourne).
  31. One, immature , 19th-20th June 2004 (N.R. Milbourne).
  32. Four, not sexed or aged, 23rd July 2004.
  33. Forty-three, 29 & 14 not aged, 31st March 2005 (N.R. Milbourne).
  34. Two, not sexed or aged, 8th June 2008.
  35. One, adult , 7th Sep. 2008 (N.R. Milbourne).
  36. Eleven, 4 & 7 adults, 25th July 2010 (N.R. Milbourne).
  37. One, adult ♀, 6th-16th Jan. 2015 (P.Bowdler, N.R. Milbourne et al.).
  38. Seven, adult , 27th June 2015 (N.R. Milbourne).
  39. Four, 3 adult & 1 , 23rd July 2015 (M. Davis).

Note 1: Donald Carr wrote that Black Scoter had been recorded once at the lake in his list dated 21st April 1907.

Note 2: Conflicting dates are given for this bird that was found dead. An adult drake found dead at BL on Apr. 13 (H.T. & H.H.D. in Som. Report). An adult male was found dead at Blagdon on Apr. 8 (H.H.D. in Bristol Report).

Note 3: This record was found in the Top End hide log (now in the care of Sarah Lambert, Ubley, who let me borrow it - she is daughter of the late Roger Lambert, also of Ubley, who provided the hide log book around the years 1989-1992). Andy Davis (in litt.) doesn't think this record was ever submitted for consideration by the AOG Rarities Committee.

Note 4: BL - a female on 19th Sep. was only the sixth record for the site (ABR, 1992). This statement is clearly incorrect!

Note 5: BL - a record count of six males on 31st July (ABR, 1993), but not if the record for 12th July 1989 is to be believed.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1927. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  2. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1929. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  3. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1930. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  4. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1940. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  5. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1941. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  6. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1946. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  7. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1947. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  8. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1948. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  9. Blaythwayt, Rev F.L. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1949. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  10. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1991. Avon Ornithological Group.
  11. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1992. Avon Ornithological Group.
  12. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1993. Avon Ornithological Group.
  13. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1994. Avon Ornithological Group.
  14. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1999. Avon Ornithological Group.
  15. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2000. Avon Ornithological Group.
  16. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Ornithological Notes Bristol District, 1941. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  17. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Ornithological Notes Bristol District, 1946. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  18. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Ornithological Notes Bristol District, 1947. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  19. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Ornithological Notes Bristol District, 1948. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  20. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Ornithological Notes Bristol District, 1951. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  21. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Bristol Bird Report, 1958. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  22. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Bristol Bird Report, 1964. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  23. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Report on Somerset Birds, 1958. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  24. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1964. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  25. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1972. Somersetshire Archaeol. & Nat. Hist. Soc.
  26. McGeoch, J.A. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1974. Somerset Ornithological Society.
  27. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2004. Avon Ornithological Group.
  28. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2005. Avon Ornithological Group.
  29. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2008. Avon Ornithological Group.
  30. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2010. Avon Ornithological Group.
  31. Taylor, S.M. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1985. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 23 July, 2015