Female Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) at Wicksteed Park, Kettering - November 2014
I must admit, this is a species I tracked down purely because it was very local to me rather than being particularly inspired by it. It's a fairly widely distributed species in North America, found primarily in the Canada, USA and Mexico, migrating long distance the length of the continent. This long distance travel makes it a prime candidate to get lost or blown off course to become a vagrant to Western Europe and apparently a couple tend to be present in the UK at any one time. However, unfortunately this female is a fairly drab bird and difficult to pick out from across a lake amidst other brown female ducks.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A rare but regular vagrant from North America.
- A single individual seen distantly at Wicksteed Park in Kettering in November 2014.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List