Welcome to the Buteo Wildlife blog, a record of some of the wildlife that we have been seeing and occasional identification articles that will hopefully be useful for those trying to learn about wildlife.

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30 November 2012

Reservoir Ducks (14th October 2012).

WeBS count day again (Wetland Bird Survey), so Dave and I found ourselves at the Chingford Reservoirs.
A Rock Pipit was a scarce migrant, but far from unexpected on the reservoirs at this time of year, and the first of the wintering Goosander, a few Goldeneye, and a handful of Wigeon were also right on time. Far more unexpected was a superb drake Long-tailed Duck, a species that is more typically found on the sea than inland, and which is generally scarce around the coast in the south-east. Long-tailed Ducks are also unusual in that unlike the majority of duck species they have clearly different winter and summer plumages - this drake was largely in its winter plumage.

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