American duck flies in to Wintersett

Black-necked grebe at Pugneys on April 15. Picture: Ron Marshall.
Black-necked grebe at Pugneys on April 15. Picture: Ron Marshall.
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An off-course Yankee duck has taken a shine to Anglers Country Park in Wintersett.

A drake lesser scaup, which had been a Pugneys briefly on Tuesday evening, is now on the second day of its stay at Anglers.

So far the black and white duck has frustrated bird photographers who have been confined to distant record shots.

Keen birder Pete Smith, of Wintersett Wildlife Group, said: “It’s certainly been the bird of the spring so far, hopefully we will get another star bird.”

Elsewhere, Calder Wetlands, near Pugneys, hosted a yellow wagtail briefly this morning (Friday). There have also been other spring migrants there this week with whitethroat, sedge and reed warblers all singing and sand martins skimming the river near the Monckton Industrial Estate.

Pugneys has also had whinchats recently and a black-necked grebe last month.

And on Sunday Mr Smith will be leading a dawn chorus walk around Haw Park Wood. Meet at Anglers Country Park at 6.30am. Its free to friends of the woods and £1 to non-members.