Couldn't think of a decent title for this post.
Reports the previous evening of a snowy owl at Overton near York made me go and check things out prima luce. No sign and I wasn't that surprised. After all the publicity in the press and on TV any pale barn owl seen at night could be easily deemed a snowy owl by a non-birder. However I saw grey partridges - gone by the time I got the camera out - and some hares were running away too.
Hoping for a reported egyptian goose or a few sand martins I drove out to North Cave. Neither turned up but I had a good walk round. A kestrel hovered close to me but always had his back end to me.
Gadwall, shovelers and teal on the Island Lake.
The drake shovelers were working together but occasionally one would peck at the other's back end! Black-headed gulls like to annoy the herons! It makes a change from annoying each other!
The main attraction was a green-winged teal. I spent an hour or so pointing it out to people and explaining the differences from common teal. Here are a few shots of this bird that showed quite well. On the walk back I saw a mediterranean gull from the Village Lake hide. It was explaining to the black-headed gulls that it owned the place: So clear off!