Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Species
Garganey (Anas querquedela). Drake. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on March 27th 2011.
Drake. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon, on March 27th 2011.
(1/250th sec at f16. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 37 - 41cm; WS: 59 - 67cm

This species is a summer visitor to Britain, arriving in March or April from its winter quarters in Africa. The male is most easily recognised by the broad white stripe over the eye. Females are brownish but also have distinctive head striping.

The Garganey is mostly found in central and eastern England.

It favours shallow wetlands, with flooded meadows and ditches, and plenty of aquatic vegetation.

Its conservation status is amber, owing to the small breeding population of between 23 and 115 pairs.

Sightings

12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1m)

11-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m)

27-Apr-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1m,1f)

23-Jul-2015 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria (2)
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1f)