Saturday, 14 February 2015

Oh Carolina!

On the way back from a shopping trip to Norwich, Linda & I stopped at the little tree-girt pool that held yesterday's Mandarin Ducks: these are a particular favourite of Linda's....

Imagine our surprise: the two Mandies were asleep in the middle of an overhanging willow, but on the other side of the pool was a Carolina Wood Duck! Although this somewhat detracts from the 'truly wild' credentials of the Mandies, I reckon they're as tickable as Ben's (hauled up on the lawn of a riverside pub!) and the Lingwood birds (coming to bread on the village duckpond!)

Of course, Carolinas have arrived here as apparent vagrants from North America, but Salhouse isn't the Outer Hebrides! Nevertheless, this handsome species might eventually make it onto Category C - there are certainly plenty of fully-winged individuals (like this one!) around the UK...




 

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