Thursday, 1 October 2009

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser

Crow v Egret

Stonechat (male)

Stonechat (female)

A visit to South Gare was fruitless today with only Stonechat being the best bird. A drive over to the north of the Tees was only slightly better, the Red-backed Shrike was still at Dormans pool (will it ever move away?), at Saltholme Curlew Sandpiper was showning at distance on the 'bottom tank' (what a stupid name) along with Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit and Snipe. The local Carrion Crows don't like the Little Egret's and frequently chase them. On the reserve pool the Hooded Merganser was showing quite close but in bad light. When we checked the photo's later it appears that the Merganser has a defective leg.


  1. Hello,
    I am not sure if you are aware of this but your photo's of the Hooded Merganser are very interesting:
    (What I am about to say was spotted by Chris Bell)
    Your photos of the Hooded Merganser out of the water show an abnormality on it's right leg.

    Now the bird in Tayport fife lasy year was accepted by the BBRC as a wild bird and it also has the same abnormality on it's right leg!!! Please see the photo:

    Andrew K

  2. Thanks for the comment we were aware of the abnormality but it was interesting to hear from you that it is possibly the same bird as in Tayport last year.
    resards Mick and Sylvia