14th April 2013

14th April

Walked the dog at Denton res for a change this morning.Swallows,sand martins and a few house martins numbered 20 odd together.A little egret was the first I’ve seen at the res.Several lesser black-backs were overhead and the part leucistic black-headed gull is still around.There were worryingly few great crested grebes-just a couple of pairs.There used to be plenty here.

Following the report of a green-winged teal I motored over to Kirkby on Bain and got on the bird straight away.It was seemingly paired up with a female teal,both were enjoying each others company.Now here’s the thing,female green-winged is incredibly hard to separate from Eurasian teal-could it have been green-winged?It looked identical to the other females.It was asleep alot of the time so close scrutiny was difficult.Plenty of people got photos.Maybe there will be some hybreds somewhere next year?

A little ringed plover was seen from the hide and a few goldeneyes remained.The sound of chiffchaff was all around and a marsh tit sang and showed well.While chatting with Notts.birder Mark Dawson he picked up a kittiwake over the tip,a good inland bird.

Other birds included a flying water rail near the tip,a little egret,buzzards,an egyptian goose,a few redshanks and lapwings,great crested and little grebes,many ducks,gulls and corvids. Always a great place to visit.

2 thoughts on “14th April 2013

  1. Female Green Winged Teal are possible to ID tentatively, they tend to show the ‘ Garganey ‘ spot at the bill base and have an all dark unmarked bill, and they show more orange on the undertail coverts….

  2. Cheers,Trev.I was going to study Martin Garner’s birding frontiers book when I suddenly remembered I’d lent it to you! never mind I found it online.I don’t need the book back yet mate.

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