© 2020 BirdGuides, Warners Group Publications Plc. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Common goldeneye. Although probably down to my location, I've also recorded them displaying at night. Number observed: 1. Thankfully, both of these species utter fairly straightforward flight calls at night and these will be familiar to many from daytime encounters. Male distinctive: wholly black with raised knob at base of bill, yellow wedge on top of bill. Common scoters are commonly spotted as a line of dark ducks flying low over the water, or as large rafts of black ducks bobbing on the sea. I soon learned that there are myriad noises made at night, which are either man-made or remain completely unexplained. The Common Scoter is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). Breeding / Nesting: The lined nest is built on the ground close to the sea, lakes or rivers, in woodland or tundra. There are three types of native scoters seen in North America. Later life has so many advantages but one or two drawbacks. We at Ure-a-Duck decoys did not want to see that style die. Display-call male: Scoter were also already at the western edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire by 9.15 pm, according to Hadfield resident Alex Lees. Black scoter (call / song) call, male, song, wing noise. 2 Swivel Head Rester Drakes. The Velvet Scoter dives without the jump and tends to appear to slip under the water with it's wings partially opened. Canada goose. Listen to Surf scoter on bird-sounds.net - a comprehensive collection of North American bird songs and bird calls. Wings held tight against body when diving. Number observed: 100. Monitored by. Distribution: Nighttime flight calls of a Common Moorhen are very distinctive looking on a spectrogram and, once familiar with them, prove a simple ID. Any reports can be sent by text or call to 07771 705024 or see profile for e mail address. Short, whistling sounds, sometimes reminiscent of a male teal, but a little bit deeper in pitch. Background: Eurasian Eagle Owl Bubo bubo and distant village dogs.. Three years later I was in the same area just one day earlier in the calendar when I heard Common Scoters again. It was not unusual for me to be sat at my kitchen table with a coffee in the morning, pouring over my recording from the previous night, only to be faced with identifying a series of sounds which sounded nothing like anything I'd heard before. I like to think I'm pretty good on calls in the field, yet I still bother the experts regularly with those I can't clinch at night. 1 Swivel Head Active Hen. Many are fairly easy to identify and, once you have a grasp of these, you'll be able to routinely confim them each time you encounter them. Common Scoter: In spring, emits a musical, whistled "cour-loo… The common scoter (Melanitta nigra) is a large sea duck, 43–54 cm (17–21 in) in length, which breeds over the far north of Europe and the Palearctic east to the Olenyok River.The genus name is derived from Ancient Greek melas, "black", and netta, "duck".The species name is from Latin niger "shining black". Will dive up to 30 meters to hunt for shellfish. Until recently, the Common Scoter of Eurasia and Black Scoter of North America (and northeastern Russia) were thought to be the same species. The sea was quiet too, but it was nice to catch up with some Gannets (one of my favourite birds) and I had nine head south.Other birds at sea were 131 Common Scoters, four Auk sp., 35 Sandwich Terns, 80 Knot, 17 Eiders, and singles of Red-throated Diver and Red-breasted Merganser. The Black Scoter is generally seen less often than the other two kinds of scoters in most parts of North America. Common Goldeneye. juv Ringed Plover A moderate SW>4 with low cloud base and drizzle is an ideal combination for Fly Flatts for bringing something in and today was no exception with a female Common Scoter on the water throughout the day. Tends to form less dense flocks than Common Scoter, often with birds in single file. Flaps it's wings with a raised head when on water. Stream Common Scoter calls and wingbeats by Simon Gillings from desktop or your mobile device These Foam Filled Commercial Grade Common Scoters by Greenhead Gear GHG Avery Outdoors (74021) is a new revolutionary breed of Sea Duck Decoys. Once they change into their winter plumage, the scoters are very difficult to identify. The Surf Scoter dives with a small jump with wings flicking open before disappearing below the surface. The Common Scoter’s mating call can be heard on this page (which is in Dutch)…not many recordings of this taxon are online, and all the ones I’ve found are truncations of the file I just linked. The Black Scoter is generally seen less often than the other two kinds of scoters in most parts of North America. My first record was of two birds calling for over a minute as they approached, flew directly over and continued. Voice Text. Common Scoter long flat whistles 0121 30/08/2018 Cambridge (Simon Gillings) Looking back through my scoter recordings I realised that “reversing vehicle noise” from 14th April was actually the same long flat calls. The American Black Scoter is sometimes considered to be a sub-species of the Common Scoter. Breeding in North America, Eurasia: c, e Siberia, n NA; can be seen in 20 countries. SONGS AND CALLS. Carles Carboneras and Guy M. Kirwan Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020 Text last updated September 9, 2014 As with White-winged, Surf, and Common Scoters, the wings of Black Scoters produce a strong whistling noise in flight. When feeding, they usually spring forward and dive with … So we made a tradition return with the new decoy line we call "TRADITIONS" . We hope all of enjoy the product. Xeno-canto (XC) is an online database that provides access to sound recordings of wild birds from around the world. Fairly common sea duck; feeds by diving. Calls: Short accented "tup tup tup" and a shivering "gahhahahaha". Melanitta americana Was once called "Common Scoter," but that name is now restricted to a similar species in the Old World. Common eider. Almost continuous, clearly audible calls to the ear for past 20 minutes!" Just a few years ago ... ornithologists segregated two of the original four scoter species to recognize both genetic and plumage differences. A stark velvety black seaduck with a bright pumpkin-orange knob at the base of its bill, the male Black Scoter is distinctive at almost any distance. Small breeding populations in West and North West a largest lakes such as Lough Corrib in Galway and Lough arrow in Sligo. Nighttime flight calls of a Eurasian Oystercatcher. Description: It is characterised by its bulky shape and large bill. We will cover further familiar (and less familiar!) All images on this blog are copyright. In contrast, the calls from August were around 2.2 kHz, with slight modulations and slightly dropping in frequency. If you are considering a guided hunt please give me a call at 508.922.6002, or email me at to see if I can accommodate you. Coot is 'sadly' one of those species which seems to produce all manner of calls and resultantly can cause real confusion, as Simon Gillings alluded to in his previous article (Joe Stockwell). Described as krek, these can be repeated for quite some time as the bird moves above your listening station. This package includes: 2 Swivel Head Active Drakes. As you'll see below, Eurasian Oystercatcher is similar, rising and falling in the same way, but 'oyc' doesn't have a peak and shows more of a flat spot (Joe Stockwell). We think we heard the calls at c 23:00pm here in Clevedon and then again c 23:30pm. Legs and feet are black. Common goldeneye. Common Scoter call is a simple pyu repeated over and over, with around one second between each call. This list of birds of Great Britain comprises all bird species that have been recorded in a wild state in Great Britain.In general the avifauna of Britain is similar to that of the rest of Europe, although with fewer breeding species. Media: Willow Warbler. So we went to the sculpting table and carried that design into the modern style of decoy with more detail, better core product and a different way to attach a swivel head. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Three a.m. and nature called. The characteristics of the call are different from the call of the Common Scoter of Europe, and along with differences in the bill led to their split into 2 species by the AOU in 2010. With the alarm set for 0520 thoughts turned to the ringing session ahead and I knew that sleep would not return. Eurasian Oystercatcher can be expected just about everywhere. And then on 25th September 2018 I recorded another group of Common Scoter over Cambridge, again giving typical peep calls and 2.2 kHz long calls. I haven't tried to listen at night before, for Common Scoter, but what was heard sounded the same as both the App and Xeno Canto, but I couldn't see anything in flight. Looking back through my scoter recordings I realised that “reversing vehicle noise” from 14th April was actually the same long flat calls. Nighttime flight calls of Eurasian Wigeon: a simple whistled wee-oo, rising to a peak before falling again. juv Ringed Plover A moderate SW>4 with low cloud base and drizzle is an ideal combination for Fly Flatts for bringing something in and today was no exception with a female Common Scoter on the water throughout the day. Floats rather buoyantly on water, often with tail cocked up noticeably. Floats rather buoyantly on water, often with tail cocked up noticeably. Have you seen something interesting? But on 30th August 2018 I recorded a similar flat whistle, accompanied by wing beats that sound distinctly duck like. The RSPB, the Wildfowl, Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has designated a number of sites as Special Protected Areas (SPAs) under the European Birds Directive. Unless each of these flocks had a second species lurking amongst the scoters, these recordings suggest that nocturnally migrating Common Scoters sometimes give long calls instead of, or as well as the more familiar peep notes. The common scoter is an all dark seaduck, the male is totally black and the female lighter, with a pale face. Also tend to stay closer together in groups than Velvet Scoter. SEA DUCK HUNTS. Our Black Scoter is now Melanitta americana, and they have the Common Scoter, Melanitta nigra. Breeding in North America, Eurasia: c, e Siberia, n NA; can be seen in 20 countries. Flight calls described in this species include a low growling sound and a reedy tooooo-it, sometimes repeated. These are the Black Scoter, the Surf Scoter and the White-winged Scoter. Click Submit to share your rare bird sightings via our simple form. The Velvet Scoter dives without the jump and tends to appear to slip under the water with it's wings partially opened. Last two characters usable for identification at very long range. Late March and early April 2018 were memorable for the number of scoters crossing southern and central England, with many people recording the species for the first time. Swimming birds may not always show white secondaries. LEARN MORE. This should act as a simple reference guide on what to look out for in the coming days and weeks, but note that most of the species below are typically encountered in autumn, too. Scoters are known to most of us as winter visitors, usually far off shore. […] through over the next few weeks. Common Scoter are almost entirely marine during the winter, and tend to congregate in large flocks on shallow seas with sandy bottoms supporting their preferred prey. Last two characters usable for identification at very long range. LEARN MORE. Then, at 9.15 pm, Blackburn-based birder Bill Aspin took to Twitter to say "Common Scoter are pouring east over my house in Feniscowles. 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