Garganey, pintail, and other birds

Wigeons, on 21 March 2015

21 March 2015. Though it was officially the first day of spring, it was cold and windy. The male and female wigeons in nature reserve De Wilck, depicted in this photo, apparently thought the weather was still too winterish for migration back to eastern and northern Europe.

Before arriving at De Wilck that morning, we had first gone to Zaans Rietveld reserve.

This is a Zaans Rietveld video.

Zaans Rietveld biodiversity: here.

Black-tailed godwits flying about and calling. Grey lag geese. Wigeons here as well.

A chiffchaff sings. The first time I hear that sound this year.

Two oystercatchers.

Scores of barnacle geese grazing. A northern lapwing.

Lesser celandine starts flowering.

A hare.

A dunnock sings.

A great egret flies and lands.

A reed bunting signs.

A grey heron flying.

A curlew flies over a meadow. On the meadow: herring gulls, mute swans and two shelducks.

A chaffinch sings.

A dead mole, lying in the grass.

A singing greenfinch.

In a shallow lakelet: avocets. Black-headed gulls. Teal. And, resting on a bank, a rare teal relative: a male garganey.

Then, we continued to De Wilck. Hundreds of wigeons. Also, a male pintail.

Finally, to the Amaliahut hide.

White storks, 21 March 2015

Near the hide, two white storks´ heads popping up from their nest.

Tufted duck female, 21 March 2015

On a small island, visible from the hide, a moorhen. And a female tufted duck.

Tufted duck male and female, 21 March 2015

Then, she took to the water with her mate.

Tufted duck male, 21 March 2015

Gadwall couple, 21 March 2015

A bit further, a gadwall couple swimming.

Oystercatchers, 21 March 2015

On the island, this oystercatcher couple.

Habitat use and distribution of the Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) in the wetland complex of Oued Righ, Algerian Sahara

Originally posted on North African Birds:

Nouidjem, Y., Saheb, M., Bensaci, E., Bouzegag, A., Guergueb, E.-Y. & Houhamdi, M. (2015). Habitat use and distribution of the Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea in the wetland complex of Oued Righ (Algerian Sahara). Zoology and Ecology 25(1): 26–33. doi:10.1080/21658005.2014.997995
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Our study conducted from August 2007 to May 2011 in the main wetlands of the Oued Righ complex (Eastern Sahara of Algeria) aimed to study the habitat use and distribution pattern of the Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea. As the species was recorded breeding at most sites of the wetland complex, it was given the resident breeder status, which differs from the one it had previously. The maximum number of Ruddy Shelducks (284 individuals) was recorded each year during the winter season (second half of December). The Ruddy Shelduck (60% of population) shows preference for shallow middle-sized salt ponds with a high proportion of open…

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Rare blue-winged teal at Orkney islands

This video is called Blue-winged teal duck, Anas discors, April 2010 High Park Grenadier Pond, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

From the Rare Bird Network in Britain, on Twitter:

Orkney: BLUE-WINGED TEAL 1 drake again today on Mainland. At the Shunan.

This North American species is rare in Europe.

King eider duck in Cornwall

This is a video about a king eider duck among common eider ducks in Sweden.


Sunday 8th March 2015 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Falmouth – KING EIDER (1[st] w[inter] dr[a]k[e]) still at*Maenporth from coast path south of beach at 0815hrs

Mallards in love, video

This video shows a mallard couple in love.

Annet Piet from the Netherlands made the video.

Long-tailed duck, new species for Dearborn, USA

This is a long-tailed duck video.

From the blog of the Rouge River Bird Observatory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the USA:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dearborn adds another new species!

On 1 March 2015, Larry Urbanski found a Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) in the Rouge River near the Ford Rouge Plant. There is a photo attached to his eBird checklist (sign in may be required for one or both links) and the bird appears to be a male.

Mike O’Leary and I attempted to locate the bird this morning, and found a Long-tailed Duck that appears to be a female, or at least doesn’t look like the bird found yesterday. …

Long-tailed Duck is the 260th species on the Dearborn list.

Most of the Rouge River is still frozen solid. The areas in the Ford Rouge boat slip and adjacent waters stay open all year. Other waterfowl present included a couple hundred Common Mergansers, at least 24 Red-breasted Mergansers, Canvasbacks, a few Ruddy Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Redheads, and Greater Scaup. There were at least 20 Great Black-backed Gulls — a species not recorded in Dearborn until 1987. Ten sort of miserable looking Great Blue Herons hugged the shoreline, as did 10 Black-crowned Night-herons. There is a small pond inside the plant next to the river that accepts warm-water discharge from one of the steel mill facilities, and a bunch of night-herons have wintered there for years.

Many thanks to Larry Urbanski for this great find.

Posted by Julie Craves.

Rare ring-necked duck in Spain

This video from the USA says about itself:

10 March 2011

A flock of Ring-necked ducks hung around the Palace Lagoon at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

From Rare Birds in Spain, on Twitter:

27.2.2015 Aythya collaris. 1 male La Massona, PN AIguamolls Empordà, Girona.

Aythya collaris means ring-necked duck. They are rare in Europe, not so rare in their northern North American homeland.