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      Lesser Scaup

The lesser scaup is from North America but there are about 15 records each year now in Britain.  Not a common bird then and to see one it is as well to keep an eye on various websites etc. that report sightings.  This 1st winter female appeared at Slimbridge WWT early 2011, (these pics were taken Feb 24th 2011).  I confess that I got confused a few times - there was a tufted duck with a similar white facial patch that looked quite similar and when you are looking for one duck in the midst of several hundred you need to curb your enthusiasm.

This the tufted duck that kept fooling me.
Note that the tip of its beak is black right across (like having been dipped in a pot of black paint), not just the centre "nail" as on the lesser scaup.