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, 14 May 2020

Birdwatchers report rare sighting of Garganey duck on Arran

12th May

Garganey Duck Male and Female

A pair of Garganey ducks have been spotted on the Isle of Arran for only the second time.

Arran Birding, who record all sightings of unusual birds on the island, reported the sighting of a male and a female on Sunday, May 3.

They said the birds were spotted on Sliddery Shore amongst Teal, a duck more common to the area.

According to Arran Birding the last time Garganeys were seen on the island was back in May 2012.

Garganeys are native to Europe and Asia, but it’s rare to see them in the UK with most breeding pairs confined to East Anglia.

The RSPB describes the Garganey as being: “Smaller than a mallard and slightly bigger than a teal. The male is most easily recognised with a broad white stripe over the eye.”

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