February has been cold. Lake Mogan has been frozen and only a few spots of open water have been left. But as always they have attracted many ducks. It was a nice surprise to find 5 Ferrugionus Ducks there in mid February.
In late February I went to Nallihan. There were more than 100.000 ducks around. Most where Common Pochards, but there were also 5000+ Teal, 1000+ Mallards and Ruddy Shelducks.
Other ducks present with more than 100 individuals were Gadwall, Pintail, Tufted Duck (230), Wigeon and Red-crested Pochard.
One Smew and two White-headed ducks were also nice.
More unexpected birds were Pallas’ Gull, 3 Spoonbills and a small flock of Golden Plovers.
Yesterday I took a small trip to Mogan. It is warmer now even though is has been snowing a bit during the last few days. But spring is here.
At Mogan many White Wagtails are around now and I also found 3 Yellow Wagtails and a stunning male Citrine Wagail. What a nice feeling!
Water Pipits were present in small numbers and a few gave really good views.
Other “first of the year” were a flock of Garganeys, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlews and Cetti’s Warbler.
From now on there will be something good to see every time I go birding J