Friday, 17 January 2014

More ducks than you coukl shake a stick at

Hadn't made it to the Ings for a few days due to Dad duties, so was quite excited to get a few minutes before work on Thursday. And what a treat! A splendid drake Goldeneye was busy head-tossing to the resident female while a Shelduck swam about looking a bit lost. At the back four male and a female Gadwall were loafing with the Mallards, whilst further right, a drake Teal was a nice surprise along with the long staying Wigeon pair. Awesome! No Goosanders, but still several Pochard, plenty of Tufties and the immature drake Shoveler. Great!

This morning (Friday 17th) was a little bit uneventful, but my Dad went later and counted over 30 Goosanders.

The worst thing is some git is taking shots at the gulls and has so far nailed two adult Great Black-backed Gulls and injured another one, which has been sat forlornly by the water's edge in the same place for a couple of days, waiting for starvation, blood poisoning or a Fox to bring it some peace. I am hoping to catch the guy in the act this weekend...

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