Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Bar Headed Goose and Bluebells at Breary Marsh


A certainty to be an escapee, but nevertheless this Bar Headed Goose was a pleasant sight on Paul's Pond at Breary Marsh, alongside two Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Grebe and Moor Hen. I have to admit that we didn't know what it was until I got home and referred to my Collins Bird Guide which revealed this oneto be an adult, as the juveniles lack the cross bars on the head . Two Pied Wagtail dashed sprightly along the wall at the water's edge. No sign of any Great Spotted Woodpecker today in the woodland, but we did see a Bullfinch and a Kestrel over Cookridge golf course.

Bluebells are starting to emerge in the woodland and there should be a good display in another week or so.




11 comments:

  1. Nice to see the bluebells starting to appear.

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  2. It's a lovely looking bird even if it is an escapee. Lovely Bluebell photos too.

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  3. Smart looking Goose. Looks like the Bluebell displays are going to be early again this year.

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  4. A good looking goose. Pity they are not native.

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  5. Hi Linda,
    Those Bluebell shots are nice, they have the feeling of zingy freshness about them :-)

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  6. Lovely bluebell photos - its lovely to see them starting to appear. Sounds like you had a good walk.

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  7. Must confess to not having 'looked in' recently Linda, but I'm here now.

    Still posting some interesting accounts and images, and yes the Bar-headed Goose is as handsome as they come isn't it.

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  8. Hello CB, they're a wonderful woodland flower.

    Hello Shysongbird, its handsome isn't it, not one Ive ever seen before, the bluebells are a welcome sight.

    Frank, I admit we were puzzled at first sight, but a nice goose to see on the pond, usually when we visit there's rarely anything other than the usual suspects.The bluebells they do seem early again dont they?

    Phil, yes a handsome chap/chapess... There lies the extent of my Bar Headed Goose knowledge!

    Thank you Costas

    Hi Warren, zingy freshness, I like that...

    Hello Ragged Robin, thank you, yes a lovely walk, I do always enjoy a woodland wander..

    Hello Pete, thank you, its a bobby dazzler as they say :)

    Best wishes, Linda

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  9. I too saw (and was confused by!) the bar headed goose. Was quite excited to learn what it was...less so when I googled it and found you'd beaten me to the punch :P

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  10. Hello M10, thanks for stopping by. Its a fancy looking goose isn't it. I noticed a post on Danny's Birds
    http://dannysbirdsblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/yeadon-tarn.html
    that its an old favourite up at Yeadon Tarn too! Best wishes, Linda

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