Thursday, 20 August 2015

The list grows...

A surprise find on the river this afternoon, three Mandarin Duck, a new species for the parish. I almost missed them, dismissing them as Mallards at distance, but fortunately I checked them again. They were very nervous and hence the very distant poor photos but at least you can see what they are.

I think these are eclipse drakes given the reddish tones on the bill but I’m not a great expert on the species. Interesting to speculate on where these have come from with the nearest birds I’m aware of on the Ure near Masham. 

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