Sunday 18 April 2021

Lady GarGa - not American

A big flock of Black-tailed Godwits were feeding in the shallow water adjacent to the 'Cormorant Trees' at Wheldrake Ings on Wednesday evening. Later on, I thought I'd found a Blue-winged Teal, when I noticed a smaller duck flying around with a gang of Shovelers. BWTs often associate with Shovelers when they rock up on this side of the Atlantic, so this looked promising, but on closer inspection, it was 'only' a female Garganey. So, not an American vagrant. Still, my first of the spring and great to see. No Whimbrel came into roost despite an unusually early flock of 23 being reported here the previous two nights.

Icelandic Blackwits, fuelling up for their big journey north

 Lady GarGa with Shoveler

A smart Roebuck on Swantail

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