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.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Green-winged Teal

Found this afternoon by swannery resident and patch stalwart Steve Groves, this 1st-winter male Green-winged Teal showed well on the Meadow Pool, albeit, in atrocious light.

As well as the vertical flank stripe, note the lack of obvious vermiculations on the lower flanks, this giving a smooth blue grey look to this area.

Note the richer colour to upper breast.

1st-winter male Common Teal. Note the obvious vermiculations in the lower flanks.

The breast colour shows well in this image. The greater covert wingbar, just visible in this image, is a richer gold colour compared to Common Teal.

The head pattern, more precisely, the yellow marking around the green eyestripe can be weaker in this species, but this is individually variable. 

Finally, a Goldcrest from Lodmoor Country Park yesterday.

How cute is this?

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