Wild­fowl and rap­tors

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings -

Four reg­u­larly re­turn­ing Cack­ling Geese were in the Loch Gru­inart RSPB area (Is­lay) through­out, as did at least one other with win­ter­ing Bar­na­cle Geese in Co. Mayo at Lis­sadell, while a sin­gle va­grant Todd’s Canada Goose (form in­te­rior) was with Pink-footed Geese in the Dock­ing/burn­ham Mar­ket area of Nor­folk from 11th-30th. The drake Amer­i­can Black Duck con­tin­ued to be seen in Stron­tian (High­land) through­out Novem­ber. Some 11 drake Amer­i­can Wigeons were noted, in­clud­ing a smart in­di­vid­ual in In­ver­ness (High­land) from 9th; 12 drake Amer­i­can Green­winged Teals in­clud­ing a ringed in­di­vid­ual on the Hayle Es­tu­ary (Corn­wall) from 3rd; and four Fer­rug­i­nous Ducks, in­clud­ing a fe­male at Wil­stone Reser­voir, Tring (Herts), un­til 12th, and a fe­male at Theale Moat­lands Pit (Berks) from 26th. Other wild­fowl in­cluded 11 Ring-necked Ducks, drake Lesser Scaups at Cosme­ston Lakes, Cardiff (South Wales) from 8th and on Orkney at Loch of Board­house from 17th-30th, and 18-plus Surf Scot­ers in­clud­ing at least six off North Wales. There was an in­land in­flux of up to a dozen im­ma­ture Vel­vet Scot­ers, in­clud­ing three in Buck­ing­hamshire and two in Bed­ford­shire. The male North­ern Har­rier re­turned for a sec­ond win­ter on North Ron­ald­say (Orkney) on 14th. Two dif­fer­ent ju­ve­nile Pal­lid Har­ri­ers were en­coun­tered, in­clud­ing a bird that com­muted back and forth across the Hum­ber all month, first

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