Wednesday, 18 July 2012

She's done it again.

After reports of a Goosander with young at Olney Mill, I finally got the chance to go and take a look today.
 Goosanders breeding in Buckinghamshire is a very rare occurrence but this is the third known time it has happened in the last five  years on the nearby River Ouse. It is possible that it is the same female that just doesn't want to or can't return Northwards come the spring.
 Originally there were six young ducklings but today there were only four although all looked fit and healthy. Another surprise though was the presence of an additional female loitering close by. I wonder if this is possibly one of the young from a couple of years back.

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