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Pintail, Grimley


A good number of gadwalls at the New Workings today made a lone female pintail easy to overlook. Fortunately, it was standing out, preening, so the grey leg colour added to the grey bill made identification a cinch. Structurally the species always demands a second look anyway with that slender, almost greyhound profile to the head.

Only my second record of this duck for Worcestershire compensated for dipping on the glossy ibis, which was north when I was south; and then we switched directions. I don’t think I’ll get the county life list up to 150 but this year’s effort of 119 has been my best. It’s still not a patch on my Angus tallies. Does anyone else track yearly home county lists?

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