Monday, 6 January 2014

5 Ducks, a Goose, a Kite and a Godwit.

Yesterday a very quick visit to Lambton Pond to successfully bag 2 Black-tailed Godwit proved very worthwhile as it also produced five new duck species for the year with Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, a Shoveler and 90+ Wigeon as well as a Red Kite (also new) and a Common Buzzard. Unfortunately I went straight past Houghton Gate without checking it to later discover that the 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese found at Lamesley by Paul Davidson in the morning had relocated here.

For a change,  my luck was in  and the White-fronted Geese were still present this morning in amongst a flock of nearly 200 Grey Lag. This goose flock is the same size as the Lamesley one so it's not difficult to deduce that the geese, and not just the White-fronts, are commuting between these two sites. A rather dodgy and uncountable, in my opinion, Barnacle Goose, again often at Lamesley,  was also present in the flock.

Thats 78 for the year, maybe 130 wasn't too optimistic - there I go again, I'm going to regret saying that.

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