Friday, 9 January 2009

Patch tick: Common Teal

An unexpected year tick at Alexandra Park today, and indeed site tick, was a drake Common Teal on the boating pond. The bird, which is barely annual these days, was found this afternoon by Gabriel Jaime on his second-ever visit to the park, so he has set the bar high! Thanks to Gareth Richards for the prompt call.

Nearby, I heard a Common Chiffchaff just around the corner from the Birdwatch office in Coburg Road, Wood Green N22, this lunchtime - with a typical collybita call it was clearly not Mark Pearson's tristis bird ranging up the New River from Stoke Newington.

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