Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Pochard, not totally a winter migrant ......

........ because in excess of five hundred pairs do nest and breed in the United Kingdom, first noted in our Isles around 1800 A.D.

Most of the 85,000 plus migrants to the UK in winter come from Northern and Central Europe and central Russia.

Our maritime climate makes us a really attractive place to stay in winter for birds from their frozen home territories.

Certainly a bonus bird for the gravel pits at my local reserve.

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