Monday, 2 January 2012

Local birding, Blackburn area: Both races of White-front & Egyptian Goose - 2nd Jan 2012.

Above: European White-fronted Geese. Below: Greenland White-front. A family party of six (2ad, 4 1stw) European White-fronts have recently joined the Canada Goose flock at Rishton Reservoir, which already holds 2ad Greenland White-fronts for the past few weeks. A unique record for the area to have both races together at one site. Exquisite birds! - The Goose flock isn't always present and it is so far not known where they go when not at Rishton Res.

Below: Egyptian Goose, Corporation Park Lake, Blackburn - 2nd Jan 2012. This bird first appeared locally at Brockholes NR LWT in Oct 2011, then at Fishmoor Res on 12th Nov, then Corporation Park Lake between Christmas & New Year where it may have been residing for some time? - Only the second I've ever seen in East Lancs.