May 25, 2006

Back on home turf

Year-ticked a purring Turtle Dove on the way to work this morning, while waiting for 15 minutes at a level crossing.

This evening we went to see the Ring-necked Duck at Octagon Farm, Willington. Of course, Ring-necked Duck doesn't breed in this country - not in the wild, anyway - so it wasn't year-tickable, but jolly nice to see all the same.

Weirdly, so far this year, we have managed to avoid wetland sites which contain Little Ringed Plovers and Reed Warblers, so fortunately we managed to bag both of those species this evening, too. About bloody time, too.

But the excitement wasn't over; not by a long stretch. Darren took me to a private site in Bedfordshire to tick off this magnificent beast (left): a male Lady Amherst's Pheasant.

And that wasn't all. Red-breasted Goose, Smew, Goldeneye, Bahama Pintail, Ruddy Shelduck and Golden Pheasant were among the gems on display.

It's a bit of a shame they were all behind an electrified chain-link fence.

Species added today:
169. Turtle Dove
[Ring-necked Duck]
170. Little Ringed Plover
171. Reed Warbler
[Lady Amherst's Pheasant]
[Ruddy Shelduck]
[Bahama Pintail]
[Golden Pheasant]
[Red-breasted Goose]

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