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  • Filosophy
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      21.02.24
      C.5.30pm

      What looked like 1 male gadwall with the usual group of mallards, being fed bread by a man on the canal path by railway bridge near Fairfield and college farm. The man said he had seen it a few times. I didn’t get a long enough look to see whether there was a female gadwall or it had latched onto a F mallard.

      guymcclelland
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        Hi Filosophy,

        I have seen this gadwall also. It wasn’t accompanied by a female when I saw it.

        Guy

        Alasdair Taylor
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          I’ve also recorded a solitary Gadwall drake where you describe and also half a mile further South, where the footpath from Ashton Road joins the towpath, during WeBS core counts this Winter – presumably the same individual.

          Filosophy
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            The man feeding the ducks said he regularly fed them at that spot and that the drake gadwall would always be following a female mallard. He’s not a birder but who knows…? Perhaps imprinted at birth or a bit of a personality?

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