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Sunday, March 06, 2011

an early start for once

Of late I have gotten rather lazy about getting up! Too easy to pull the duvet up and read and listen to music. Given there were reports of a Green Winged Teal at Connaught Water and that it would be convenient to go before popping in to dads I hopped out of bed and left about 7.

Connaught attracts lots of ducks and as they get fed you see some odd sights.

Gadwall walking down a path? Surey not!

I examined the various teals I saw but they were all European and when I ran into another birder he said the same.

Still I did gain a Mandarin Duck for a year tick.

A Great Spotted Woody was really banging away and there plenty of ducks and geese (including Egyptian).

The ever reliable.....

No rarity then but a nice stroll.


holdingmoments said...

A nice stroll, in grand company Pete.
Love those Mandarins. So outrageously beautiful.

Tricia said...

Good shot of the mandarins!

oldcrow61 said...

Lovely shots. Sounds like a nice day.

Attila The Mom said...

Aww, that last one is so cute! But I bet with my luck, it's really mean and would peck my eyeballs out!

Ragged Robin said...

Bad luck on dipping on the green-gined teal but some lovely photos, Pete. Especially like the one of the mandarins - beautiful birds.

ShySongbird said...

Shame about the Green-winged Teal, that's the sort of luck I have!

Well done with the Mandarin, I never see them in this area.

Lovely photo of the Robin.

Pete said...

the flipping GW Teal was seen yesterday!!!!!

@Attila nah the Robin is only nasty to other Robins

Carol said...

That last little bird is a cutie.