Another rare duck

15th April.

A quick early look around the patch this morning revealed the first yellow wagtails of the year in the horse paddock down Mill lane,Marston.There were 10 of them,all of the ssp.flavissima.A few sand martins and swallows darted about and 2 cetti’s sang loudly.Lots of toads were around,some of them squashed by vehicles.On the scrape there was no sign of the weekends garganeys.


Back home news came through of a ‘mega’-Baikal teal.I was off,especially as it was at one of my fave birding places-Flamborough head.A good crowd were assembled and the bird showed reasonably well through the telescope.What a stunner,an amazing looker.The above pic was the best I could do,fighting for room amid the throng and viewing through long grass.Great fun though.Have a look at the pictures that will undoubtedly put on the news services to get a better idea of how lovely it is.

All the usual seabirds were seen,with the exception of puffin.


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