I headed off to Appleford gravel pits, Sutton Courtenay, Oxon this afternoon hoping to catch up with the 1st-winter drake Lesser Scaup. After parking in the village and searching many of the local pits I finally found the Lesser Scaup on the Hanson pit which can be viewed from SU517939. It remained in the South-east corner diving alongside Tufted Duck & Pochard until dusk. Earlier whilst trying to find the Lesser Scaup i watched 2 Kingfishers chasing each other around one of the anglers pits and a male & female Goosander were present on one of the pits heading towards the Hanson's pit.
Added To My Year List 2008.
105. Lesser Scaup