Sunday, 7 April 2019

Comical Patch Tick

When I wrote my last post Twenty Four Patch Possibilities I hadn't quite expected to see one of those possibilities so soon, but just a week later and number four on the list (Mandarin Duck) is now firmly on the patch list and is my 141st bird at Wanstead.

I'm not going to go into any of the details of how and when the bird was found as it's all beautifully summed up here by Jono, but let's just say it was one of the more comical patch ticks I've had the pleasure of, and now it's out of the way I don't ever have to make any effort for another one.

Male, Colourful, Beautiful
It's lovely isn't's beautiful!
This short video clip is best enjoyed with the sound turned right up as to fully immerse yourself in the commentary and excitement of ticking such a wonderful bird which gave some amazing views...if you listen really carefully you can hear the chuckling of several of Wanstead's finest birders as the Mandarin Duck swam within just a few feet of the assembled patch workers.

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