Winter is over (I hope)

Ferruginous Duck

Ferruginous Duck

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.

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck

Common Pochard with a white head

Common Pochard with a white head

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.

Smew

Smew

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.

Pallas' Gull

Pallas’ Gull

More unexpected birds were Pallas’ Gull, 3 Spoonbills and a small flock of Golden Plovers.

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

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.

White Wagtail

White Wagtail

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!

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

Water Pipit

Water Pipit

Water Pipits were present in small numbers and a few gave really good views.

Garganeys and Black.-tailed Godwit

Garganeys and Black.-tailed Godwit

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

 

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