Velvet Scoter – 1894

Oedemia fusca – A rare winter visitor.

Mr. Mathias has told us of one that was brought into Tracy’s shop at Pembroke many years ago. Six were seen in Goodwick Bay on November 16, 1886, as we were informed by Sir Hugh Owen. Mr. Charles Jefferys informs us that one was picked up exhausted on the shore at Tenby, in December, 1889, and brought to him alive. This species can readily be distinguished, with glasses, at some considerable distance on the water, owing to the white speculum on the wings.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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