Chris Gladman found a lone scoter off Blue Anchor on the falling tide this morning which has been identified from photos he posted on Twitter late afternoon as Somerset's first Surf Scoter. He also saw the bird more distantly off Dunster Beach mid afternoon, so there is a chance that it will still be around tomorrow. I suspect there will be a few pairs of eyes looking.
That crystal ball you mentioned in The Bittern must be very good! Does it do lottery numbers?
Yes, the Surf Scoter has been showing well this morning about 200m offshore from the seafront at Blue Anchor, opposite the caravan park.
Thanks Simon, but to be fair it wasn't the most way-out of my predictions in The Bittern - just surprised that it happened quite so soon afterwards. Long overdue addition to the county list - great find by Chris G on his local patch.
Still present this morning (Tuesday) per Chris Gladman
HI,STILL OFF BLUE ANCHOR OPPOSITE CAFE AT 1000H`RS ALSO 3 X PB BRENTS & AT LEAST 3 X MED GULLS WITH THE BH GULLS
Great views just before high tide this morning just off the cafe by the caravan park (which does great breakfasts!) Thanks to Brian Gibbs for pointing it out!
Nov 20, 2015
Surf Scoter still visible today at Blue Anchor just before high tide.
Yesterday a Bonxie had a go at it but it just kept diving out the way. The Skua settled on the sea about 20 feet away from the scoter after a while and then gave up and flew east.
It was dive bombed by a herring gull this afternoon around high tide too, on very choppy sea.
Still present today (per pager). ABout 2 hours either side of high tide is best.
Surf Scoter still this morning on falling tide opposite cafe. I have seen it diving in the waves (surf) several times now at half tide.
A great find from your good self and a rather unexpected Addition to my County List last week. Thank You.
Good it stayed 11 Days for county listers and quite a few from further afield but sadly seems to have gone. Not seen since Wednesday afternoon.