Flamborough 15th April 2013
Well done Brett Richards. He rang from the seawatch spot having seen a funny duck with 2 Wigeon fly into towards Selwick’s Bay. Not fully resolved on the ID, not sure what had been seen on such brief view but he did mention Baikal Teal. This was the morning I had given to getting some boring work done so wished he luck as he headed to Northcliffe Marsh, the obvious drop-in for a dabbling duck. The next message was a ‘knock yer socks off’ type. Male Baikal Teal on Northcliffe. Panic! with insufficient oxygen reaching leg muscles I ran (OK stumbled) to the hide. Just as we arrived to join Brett, 2 Pinkfeet Geese came in ad spooked the dabblers- off they flew to Old Fall. Arrghhh! Another dash and thankfully, ‘scope up and BINGO!
Here’s a couple of shots. It will get discussed I am sure. Haven’t seen anything that suggest a 2cy male on it- though very tricky at this time of year. So for now male. It does have gaps/ feather damage of some sort on the right wing towards inner primaries and mid secondaries. Not sure what that means but I like the arrival style/timing with Wigeon.