|Drake Baikal Teal, Crossens Inner Marsh 9 December 2013.|
The recent trip to Colombia was rudely interrupted when news broke last weekend of a drake Baikal Teal on the Ribble Estuary near Marshside.
A mixed feeling of anxiety and relief followed by resignation ensued as the prognosis wavered between a hybrid individual then clarification of the bird as a pure drake Baikal.
Potential fifth British record on my local estuary then with a week still to go birding in Colombia. I knuckled down to Neotropical business as local birders and mates from work in Scotland ventured down to Crossens Outer Marsh to twitch this cracking duck.
Last week's big tides (coupled with gale force winds) flooding the marshes, would surely disperse the accompanying Wigeons with the Baikal banished to the outer reaches of the estuary and lost for sure?
I was just a little surprised then when I heard that it had relocated to Marshside yesterday and after an initial period of panic the bird was found this morning on the RSPB reserve before flying off to Crossens Inner where I was able to take a few distant shots during late morning.
Hopefully it'll hang around a bit for some closer viewing later this month.