Common Scoter

Melanitta nigra – MOR-HWYADEN DDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant

Common Scoter – 2010

Melanitta nigra – MOR-HWYADEN DDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant “Sea Empress” scoter ringing recoveries – what have we learned so far? Back in those dark days of Feb 1996, some 4,571 common scoters were found dead/dying in and around Carmarthen Bay as a direct result of the “Sea Empress” oil spill. However many […]

Common Scoter – 1994

Melanitta nigra – MOR-HWYADEN DDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant Mathew (1894) stated that the Common Scoter was a “not rare” winter visitor, while Lloyd was the first to notice large numbers in Carmarthen and St Bride’s bays during the 1920s and 1930s, including flocks during the summer months. Lockley et al. (1949) referred […]

Common Scoter – 1980s winter

Melanitta nigra – MOR-HWYADEN DDU – Winter visitor and passage migrant The BTO winter atlas showed that Common Scoters were present in a few coastal and estuarine 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents more than 96 […]

Common Scoter – 1894

Species account from the 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathew