Late February Update

Sunday 12th - Sunday 26th February 2017
(American) Green-winged Teal, Ashleworth Ham, 25th February
I could spend all weekend catching up with birds found during the working week, but I really haven't got the time, having fitted in two Winter Random Square Surveys this month. On the way back from a random square near Lydney last Saturday with Andy, we stopped at Ashleworth Ham to catch up with the Green-winged Teal. The Teal was fairly close for much of the time, although often obscured by the roadside hedge. On Sunday I went to see the female/immature Black Redstart found by Mark at the settling pond in Chivenor Close at Kingsway, Quedgeley. I struck lucky and found it within about a minute of arriving.
Black Redstart, Quedgeley, 26th February
The previous weekend's highlights were the wintering Lapland Bunting at WWT Slimbridge and another look at the wintering Richard's Pipit at Arlingham.
Lapland Bunting, with brick, WWT Slimbridge, 19th February
Richard's Pipit, Arlingham, 18th February
The week before that I was at Chew Valley Lake for the afternoon enjoying at least five Scaup, a pair of Goldeneyes and a drake Common Scoter.
Scaups, Chew Valley Lake, 12th February
And finally, on the last day of the month, an Egyptian Goose in Hyde Park, London, not far from Marble Arch.
Egyptian Goose, Hyde Park, London, 28th February
Marble Arch
'Still Water', Nic Fiddian-Green, Marble Arch


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