Sunday, 6 September 2015

Rare Early Bird

Got quite a surprise this evening while feeding the Swans and ducks, and had a brief double take. 

Must have come in on the recent northerly winds that have been bringing the cold weather.

A Pintail duck feeding happily among the Mallards, something I have only ever seen in January or February. 

These birds migrate south from Scandinavia, Iceland, the Baltic states and Russia. 

Apparently less than 50 pairs breed in the UK and Ireland, so it's pretty rare. This looks like a female or a juvenile, nice to see and hopefully it hangs around for a while.

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