Saturday, 4 January 2014

New birds

Two visits to Church Ings today (fitted around Dad duties- early morning dog walk, mid afternoon trip to recycling point and shopping for supplies- each of which I made sure passed my new temporary local patch!) revealed two new species: a drake Pochard with the growing Tuftie flock (now 32; 27m, 5f) and a pair of Gadwall.  The drake Pintail was flying about having somehow lost his mate. The two female Goldeneye were still present and c20 Goosanders.  Lots of gulls came in but still no scarce.

This patch of floodwater seems to be pulling in a few birds as they move along the River Ouse. Most of these ducks are scarce in the Vale of York away from the Lower Derwent Valley and Castle Howard, so it is interesting that they are clearly moving through the area, usually without stopping.

All photos phonescoped in poor light.
Female Goldeneye flushed from a hedge
Pochard with sleepy Tufties
Goosanders with Goldeneye behind
Church Ings looking north towards Naburn Marina from south of the church at Acaster Malbis

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