Friday, 1 March 2013

Back down south, 9th February

Whilst driving though the night, we heard news of a Leach's Petrel at Brogborough Lake - another potential Februray tick.  We arrived in the small hours and slept in the car again, outside temperature -1oC.  No sign of the petrel despite a good search although there were some unexpected surprises - four Scaup, a Slavonian Grebe, 31 Goldeneye and two Chinese Water Deer. 
 While we were here I discovered there was a drake Ferruginous Duck at Priory Country Park, which turned out to be right on the route home.  It turned out that this is a long-staying bird (been here all winter), but what a stunner, bright rufous and with brilliant white iris, clearly a male.  Whilst watching it a winter plumage Black-necked Grebe sailed into view, completely unexpected, although it later transpired that has been here a while too.

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