I had a quick lunchtime visit to Blackhall Rocks, County Durham the other lunchtime to catch up with the drake Surf Scoter which had found its way across the Atlantic in the recent strong westerlies.
The bird was found by Alan Patterson on 31 May 2011. Alan is a warden at Woolston Eyes NR near Warrington and visits County Durham regularly.
Catching up with this bird is starting to ease the pain of dipping out on the Black Scoter off Bamburgh, Northumberland twice recently!
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