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Aves, 47/3 | 2010 | 129-138

  Status of Scoters Melanitta sp. in the Belgian Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse
Deflorenne, P. & Derouaux, A.

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The Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca and the Common Scoter Melanitta nigra are rarely, but regularly seen in Wallonia. They are almost never seen in Brussels. Essentially they are limited to the river Meuse and to some large lakes. In particular, the lakes of les Barrages de l'Eau d'Heure (BEH), which offer an abundant source of crayfish and molluscs, are a regular overwintering site for the Velvet Scoter. Although one Common Scoter has been observed overwintering among Velvet Scoters at BEH, this species is normally a bird of passage in Wallonia. It is found on more sites than the Velvet Scoter, including much smaller lakes (for example in the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse, Roly, Virelles...).

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