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Baikal teal (1 Viewer)

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
Yes, surprisingly little interest in it on here.

I had not realised it had moved from the Ouse Washes to March Farmers until somebody mentioned seeing it there on Twitter just now. The move makes it a bit more attractive as it is about half an hour closer now. Still only moderately interested, but if it keeps moving west and gets into Leics/Rutland that would be different.

Steve
 

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
Still at March Farmers today. About time it shifted again - to Rutland Water.

Steve
 

GWB77

Grafham Water Birder
This bird forum is so dead. Not even a mention of the MEGA Baikal teal at March Farmers yesterday evening.

It has been discussed on the Rare Birds forum.

Most Cambridgeshire birders use the local Googlegroups for discussions, and there is a Yahoogroup for the Peterborough area too. Hence there is little traffic on this sub-forum.

Furthermore, both have active WhatsApp groups for news.

As to this bird, it is following a similar pattern to the previous county record in 2014. Which moved from Fen Drayton to the Ouse Washes and then moved down the Washes too (heading slowly north). Its likely to be the same bird, which was accepted by BBRC as the 6th British record.
 

stuartg

Well-known member
I am planning on trying to see this bird on Thursday - any advice on access or where to view from would be greatly appreciated. TIA
 

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
I am planning on trying to see this bird on Thursday - any advice on access or where to view from would be greatly appreciated. TIA

Hi Stuart

I went yesterday as a side-trip from Rutland Water. I'm guessing you will come down the A1 - keep on it to the A605 'cos there are roadworks on the A47 east of Peterborough. We got caught in them for what seemed ages.

Directions just like Mark says. Apparently the carpark was chocker just before we got there but there was room for three more cars when we arrived.

Lots of other birds on the washes still - we had 6 Cranes, Hobby, Black-tailed Godwit (breeding limosa), lingering Wigeon etc and of course there are Corncrakes there but not sure how countable they are. Spotted Crakes too but you never see them, and I have never even heard one.

Cheers
Steve
 

stuartg

Well-known member
Thanks for that Steve, unfortunately the bird hasn't been seen today which is a shame as it sounds like a great spot with nice back up. I am in Norfolk/Suffolk for a couple of days so will pop in if there is any positive news. Loads of birds (Black Terns and waders) pouring through Yorkshire today so hopefully should be some good birds in East Anglia.
 

GWB77

Grafham Water Birder
Probably not seen today due to the atrocious weather conditions. It could well still be there.….
 

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