Monday, October 10, 2011

Ferruginous Duck.....

After a text saying that Graham had found a juv. male Ferruginous Duck on Western App. Pit at Barton,i made the short trip over this morning to see if i could catch up with it.The bird was immediately found on the same pit this morning feeding and loafing with a small flock of Tufted Duck and Pochard and i was treated to superb views of the bird.As Graham has described on his blog,a good set of features are indicative that this is a genuine bird and not a hybrid.As i spent my time watching it,it became apparent that it was very wary and the flock then flew towards Far-Ings.On arrival at Ness Lake it was feeding in the middle of the lake,before again looking alert and flying back to the original pond,this happened again and by this time i was knackered and couldn't re-locate it.This is only my 2nd sighting of this smart duck,the last being at Water's Edge in April 2001.Other birds seen this morning included my first Redwing and Goldeneye of the autumn a handfull of Siskin and Lesser Redpoll,a singing male Cetti's Warbler,which was only heard and a couple of Treecreeper and Willow Tit.A good few hours.

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