Saw a few of those wheatears today but our best bird was a firecrest at walsey hills
Anyone know anything about this?
It's the first I've heard of it.
I had an interesting Aythya hybrid this morning at Strumpshaw Fen.
As you can see from the pics below it resembled a male Pochard but had a darker back, darker red/maroon coloured head, similarly coloured breast (not black) and a pale eye (possibly slightly yellow). The bill markings and head shape were also different although head shape seemed to change a lot.
As far as I can tell it is a Pochard x Ferruginous hybrid, a smart looking male too. Just thought I'd post for interest as I have never seen one before and thought I'd see if others agreed with the id.
Agree. I cant think of any other combination which would result in such colouration as seen on this bird. Its somewhere intermediate between the two species. Smart looking bird as you say and I also find these hybrids very striking and they make you feel like you're actually looking at a new species and you almost want to tick them as so!
I saw a drake Tufted X Pochard at Titchwell a few weeks back and that too was equally striking.
I'm going to Strumpshaw today so will look out for it. Also hoping to hear my first Willow Warbler of the spring too.