Avon Dam

25 roosting Goosanders including 6 males this morning was highest count so far for Avon Dam this winter - and possibly for Dartmoor, though there were 24 at Tottiford Res on 13 Nov. Before departure around 0730, a pair discreetly moved away from the main group, briefly displayed then mated. Have not seen mating earlier than January before, and wonder how unusual it is for mating to occur at this time of year in birds in general -  apart from doves and pigeons.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News