Sunday, 30 October 2011

Moor Green Lakes ~ 30th October ~

Had an early morning visit to Moor Green Lakes in hope of seeing the American Wigeon hybrid as it certainly looked like a stunning bird,unfortunately, it did not show despite searching the 50 or so Wigeon present!! At first the lake yielded little of interest apart from a few Lapwing and a couple of Snipe, along with the usual wildfowl such as Teal, Mallard, Pochard and Tufted Duck. Scanning through all these ducks I spotted what at first looked like a standard female teal, but in comparison to the other teal, this bird was more boldly marked and slightly larger. Unfortunately it was too far away to make a positive identification, but eventually it came within around 30 metres of the hide, helping me identify what has turned out to be my first Garganey. A very late bird too, with only one other of its species in the country which is currently down in Somerset!! On the journey home a couple of Barnacle Geese were seen which were a nice bonus!!

Barnacle Geese



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