P.S. have added a response to comments questioning the ID below.
There is no getting away from it. This one loves bread. Found on monday (3rd Jan) by Micky Mcnaghten on Hatfield Moor (though present but unrecognised for a couple of weeks-see comment below). There were understandable question over the I.D. and have been discussing it with Micky based on his views and photos. It’s only 40 minutes from my house so popped over for look this morning. Well I think it is one? The iris colour, worn tertial tips and notched tail feathers age it as a first winter and its a female. Seemingly having arrived around the same time as a mini-influx of Lesser Scaup, the credentials would seem good. Soon as I rolled up though it flew straight in and ran up the little grassy slope ready to compete with the Mute Swans and Canada Geese for my bread!
It’s not ringed, fully winged has a slightly gammy left leg (which could affect it feeding underwater?). Having hand fed wild American Wigeon in Vancouver (ducks generally can be a lot tamer in North America), I am having it as wild for now! Great wee bird.
Don’t know if it obvious in my photos (all taken in rain on a dark, grey morning) but the bird ticks my Lesser Scaup ID boxes.
1st winter female Lesser Scaup, Hadfield Moor, South Yorkshire, 5th January 2011
In this last one it’s running for that blob of white- a piece of bread!