This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Unknown Origin

Yes, the title best describes this new arrival to The Fleet today.

A drake Wood Duck.
 I didn't need much of an excuse to see this stunningly beautiful bird, that arrived at Abbotsbury Swannery today. Thing is, is it a vagrant from America? Well, probably not, but who knows? Abbotsbury Swannery has a good track record for turning up yank ducks in the spring, namely Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup and Blue-winged Teal for example. Equally, like anywhere that attracts good numbers of wildfowl, it also has a track record for turning up escaped wildfowl from captive collections.

Also at Abbotsbury Swannery today...

Though the background to this picture looks a bit dodgy, these two Scaup are definitely wild birds. Both are drakes, with the bird on the left being in it's 2nd-calendar year. The light was crap when I took this shot.

These Barnacle Geese arrived on The Fleet last Sunday and finally settled at the Swannery. They are very wary and are presumed to be wild, rather than feral birds. Again, the caveat of unknown origin best describes these birds. Be interesting to see when these birds depart.


Bomber said...

Thats how good the Wood Duck looks

Ken said...

Wood duck? Thought you didn't like Yanks! ;-)