| Western Isles of Scotland
Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Green-winged Teal
Photography © Terry Fountain
South Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
19th March, 2008
"This sunshine has certainly had all the wildlife getting into the swing as it were. Please find attached a pic of a Green-winged Teal I was fortunate enough to find on Loch an t-Saile NF757462 first thing this morning.
Also in the area Glaucous, Iceland gulls. Goldfinch 2, Twite @500, Peregrine 1 and 4 Gannet feeding off the MOD Range."
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- Green-winged Teal
- Anas carolinensis
- UK: Scarce vistor, 22 annual records BTO
- WI: Scarce visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years)
- Breeds: North America (nests on the ground, near water & under cover)
- Winters: South of breeding range
- Habitat: Lakes, marshes, ponds, shallow streams, sheltered wetlands, (taiga bogs)
- Diet: Seeds, vegetation, insects - usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing
- Breeding male: flanks & back grey. Yellow rear. Head chestnut with green eye patch. White-edged mark under eye.
Distinguished from drake Common Teal by vertical white stripe on side of breast, NO horizontal white shoulder stripe & NO thin buff edging lines on head.
Females light brown, similar to female Mallard, but with white-edged mark under eye. (Very similar bird to a female Common Teal).
Non-breeding drake looks like the female.
- Gregarious dabbling duck. Noisy species. Male has clear whistle, female a weak quack.
- Similar birds Common Teal
The Green-winged Teal is the American version of our Eurasian or Common Teal
Green-winged Teal records in the Western Isles
Scarce visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years)
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Male and female ducks and their collective nouns
Collective nouns for teal: A spring, string, coil or a diving of teal.
The name spring describes how Teals take flight almost vertically.
Some people use the word duck only for an adult female and drake for an adult male whilst others say hen and drake.
|Waterfowl collective nouns (From WIKI):
|waterfowl (on water)
||A bunch of waterfowl
|waterfowl (less than 30)
||A paddling of ducks
|ducks, idle in water
||A raft of ducks
||A dopping of ducks
|ducks, on ground
||A badelynge of ducks
||A flight, plump, or team of ducks
||A brace, bunch, flock, skein, sord, string, brace, flush
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