Dawlish Warren Knot

A Knot feeding near the Visitor Centre gave exceptionally good views this afternoon, walking to within a metre or two of me as it fed in and around the puddles along the main track to the Centre. I've seen the occasional tame juvenile in early autumn, but this bird provided a great opportunity to look closely at its plumage. The pale edgings to the coverts, some retaining a dark terminal or subterminal marking, indicate that this a first winter bird. Presumably the same bird was photographed feeding a puddles in nearby Greenland Lake on 26 January (www.dawlishwarren.co.uk/birdjanuary13.html).  The tertials on the left wing are a bit 'lose', otherwise it seems in good condition and fly well only when chased by a dog!

Posted February 6th, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News