Cumbrian Buffleheads. Sunday 25th October 2015.

Posted: October 30, 2015 in Bird Watching, Twitching
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With all the strong winds that had blown various American birds to our fair shores, could it be that a Bufflehead found on Ullswater, Cumbria could be genuine? We thought we would give it a go as it had gone fairly quiet on the east coast. So, four A team members set of from Norden with myself at the helm after all enjoying a “lie in”. Just a few cars marked the area that the bird had been found in, on Saturday. It was still there and showed distantly at first until a nearer vantage point was found. What a stunning bird, similar to a drake Smew in “wow” factor! Then, I think you know what I am going to say, some person who obviously enjoys spoiling the moment said,”It`s got a ring on its leg”. Always the same problem with any wildfowl having to prove its authenticity. Have they not all escaped from various places? Later in the week and off course “darn sarf”, another Bufflehead was found also wearing leg adornments. How come they both escaped in the same week? Anyhow it was a beautiful morning in lovely countryside and a trip over the Kirkstone Pass was enjoyed. We headed for Leighton Moss and watched an Otter, a Great White Egret and a Marsh Harrier but not much else.We paid our respects to one of our number who passed on a few years ago and we headed for Conder Green. There were a few waders around but not the hoped for Spotted Redshank or Green Sandpiper. Time for one of those special birds with loads of character the Ring Necked Parakeet. After visiting the grave of Les Dawson, who always made us all laugh, a couple of parakeets were heard and seen very well, always enjoyable! I must point out that the birding was a little slow so some distractions had to be sought! We have had better days, but, it was nice to get out. We all got home by 5pm.

Dave O.

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