As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 21 March 2019

American duck lures birders to remote moorland lake

Bird Notes columnist Julian Hughes of RSPB Cymru reveals what birds have been spotted in the past week and identifies 10 upcoming wildlife events
Andrew Forgrave Rural Affairs Editor
23:52, 11 MAR 2019
UPDATED20:26, 12 MAR 2019
A small reservoir on Mynydd Hiraethog has been the focus of attention for birders in North Wales, with the discovery of a male Ring-necked Duck on Llyn Bran near the Sportsman’s Arms last week.
It’s the North American equivalent of our Tufted Duck, with a distinctive peaked head and white bands at the base of its bill and close to the tip.
The Ring-necked is one of America’s most widely travelled ducks. It occurs regularly in Britain and Ireland, but it’s surprisingly rare in North Wales with just half a dozen previous records.

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