Feb 212021

A message from one of the local stalwart birders this morning, advising me that the Russian White-fronted Geese were on view in local fields, only a mile or so from where I live. I’ve been unlucky connecting with these in the past, so it was great to watch 5 of them (4 adults and 1 immature) feeding with around 140 Grey Lag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese and a single Pink-footed Goose. A few Skylarks were in song, spring is on its way.

Also good numbers of Common Gull were gathering at Staunton Harold Reservoir, amongst the 400 or so Black-headed Gulls and I managed to find a local rarity theses days – a Red-legged Partridge.

White-fronted Geese – Milton, Derbyshire
A winter plumaged adult Black-headed Gull (above 2 images)
Adult winter Common Gull
First winter Common Gull
Adult winter Common Gull
First winter Common Gull

  One Response to “Russian Geese in the Trent Valley”

  1. Nice to have a scarce visitor on your doorstep. Glad you eventually got onto them. I have been looking for the Common Gull close to home with no luck this year

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