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Friday, 2 January 2015

Blue snow...

It wouldn't be Christmas without snow but as we didn't get any of the precipitation kind, we'll have to make do with this blue phase Snow Goose found by Dave Helliar when it dropped into a local nature reserve with 107 Canada Geese. Now if this had been found in the north or east of the country, it would unquestionably be accepted as a wild (no rings or tags) bird. However, it turned up in Somerset and that kind of puts to rest any possible chance it could be accepted as a wild bird - they just don't get accepted down here for whatever reason. Not only was it not ringed, it was also extremely skittish...who knows:

Blue phase Snow Goose: R. Harris
Staying with a wildfowl theme - Andy Grinter is in Cornwall for a few days and sent me over these lovely shots of a Whooper Swan that's currently on the boating lake at Helston - what a performer!

Whooper Swan, Helston Boating Lake: A. Grinter
Whooper Swan, Helston Boating Lake: A. Grinter
Whooper Swan, Helston Boating Lake: A. Grinter
Whooper Swan, Helston Boating Lake: A. Grinter
Happy New Year!

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