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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

9th December

Hybrid aythya, but who were his parents?



Waterfowl numbers are on the increase. Do they know something that we don't know?

Mandarin Duck:
fifty-six were on the lake this morning, with lots of the drakes displaying.
Red crested Pochard: fifty-two birds were present.
Shoveler: sixteen present.
Gadwall: four
Ruddy Duck: three
Tufted Duck: one hundred and fifty-two.
Pochard: one hundred and sixteen.

Tawny Owl: a male was very vocal in area 2 at 6.15am.
Water Rail: two in the rail ditch , area 2.
Redwing: ninety-four flew through in small flocks.
Fieldfare: four birds over.

3 comments:

Bayard said...

In the StoryBox Animal World http://www.storyboxbooks.com/december.php this month we are learning all about Tawny Owls! Discover these amazing hunters; we think they are magnificent

Devil Birder said...

Head looks like it has strong elements of Goldeneye to me. Looks greenish and has the whitish patch.

Tony Duckett said...

Could there be an element of Chiloe Wigeon in it.