Saturday, June 16, 2018

Singing White-spotted Bluethroat


You may not hear it on these crude recordings, but the bird threw in identifiable mimicry of Swallow, Greenfinch, Green Sandpiper and Water Rail, plus other sounds that resembled the chirping of crickets.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Green-winged Teal, Deeping Lakes LWT, Lincs

A self-found tick for me, this lovely drake was a bit of a surprise yesterday evening. It is the first Green-winged Teal I have seen in the PBC area since 2010 when John Saunders found one for the second year running at Maxey pits. Prior to that, GWTs were almost annual and it seems likely that we were seeing returning birds each year (as the Maxey bird probably was), rather than new birds each year. Anyhow, that takes my PBC year list up to 178.
Incidentally, in addition to the obvious 'vertical' white flank lines (and the absence of a Teal's 'horizontal' scapular line, this drake GWT also showed: the more subtle, pale lines bordering the dark green face line (much clearer on typical Teal, particularly the upper line); what appeared to be a more pointed rear to the head (I am not sure if this is a consistent feature); and a paler undertail region (pale buff rather than yellow; again this may be individual variation). The views were not close enough to analyse the density of the vermiculations of the 'grey' flanks.