Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Birds of Leabank Square - Tufted Duck
Look at this amazing visitor to Leabank Square yesterday? I know we have many other water birds (which will be added to this site in due course) - but we hardly ever see this utterly beautiful duck on our riverbank!
The tufted duck is a medium-sized diving duck, smaller than a mallard. It is black on the head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. It has a small crest and a yellow eye. In flight it shows an obvious white stripe across the back of the wing. It breeds in the UK across lowland areas of England, Scotland and Ireland, but less commonly in Wales, with most birds being residents. Numbers increase in the UK in winter because of birds moving to the UK from Iceland and northern Europe.
Do yourself a favour - and grab a cuppa - sit on the riverbank for an hour - and feel the worries of the world just drift away downstream.
Especially when you see this stunning beauty!