Wednesday, 24 March 2010

An American Duck in M.K.

Drake Green Winged Teal (Digi-binned picture courtesy of Paul Moon)

A call from a breathless Paul Moon had me rushing out of work this afternoon. He had found a drake GREEN WINGED TEAL at the Linford Reserve.
I was there in minutes to see this handsome bird resting beneath some Willows just out from the Near Hide. It seemed very settled and in fact went to sleep and was still so when I left.
He was in the company of around 20 Eurasian Teal. Other Ducks present were a few Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler and good numbers of Tufteds.
On the Bund itself were 14 Cormorants, 2 Oystercatchers, a Snipe, a Lapwing and a group of Common and Black headed Gulls.
2 Little Egrets flew around the Heronry and a couple of Chiffchaffs were singing around the Reserve.

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