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Friday, 5 February 2016

Ferruginous Duck

Myself, Whisky and Trevor, took a walk round the lake this morning.

I'd received an e-mail last night from someone who lives by the lake, that he'd seen a rather special duck there yesterday.

Just had to go and look.

A rather stunning male Ferruginous Duck.

A real treat to see. We spent a few hours there this morning photographing this beauty.

And some video too.

A bit of an overload of pictures this post, but it was a rather special duck.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. Thanks for giving me the call, it was a cracking duck to see.
    You managed to save a few images in the end?
    A lovely set, especially the flight shots....[;o)

  2. Superb duck wasn't it Trev.
    These shots were about the best of the lot. Couple more to look at, but probably won't make the grade in the end.
    Whisky is still sleeping. He's knackered!

  3. Is that an ornamental escapee, or is it a non native bird introduced? Very handsome, probably easy to mistake for a pochard at long range.

  4. I doubt it was an escapee Simon, no sign of any rings, and it flew very well.
    A cracking bird to see.

  5. Great stuff Keith. Never heard of that one so had to look it up. Seems it's a bit of a rarity in the UK.

  6. John, it's one of those birds that get the twitchers twitching. A great bird.

  7. Let us hope it finds a mate. Great find.

  8. What an eye-catching duck! Must have been very exciting to see it in person.

  9. It would be good if it did Adrian; doubtful though, a bit of a rarity here.

    Thanks Wilma. A real beauty of a duck. Not seen one for a couple of years, so to have one on the local lake was a great treat.