Monday, 28 February 2011


Very quiet in Mowbray Park today. The drake Mandarin Duck is still strutting his stuff on the pond, along with the resident Tufties, Mallards and freaky hybrid birds. Plenty of Herring Gulls and Black Headed Gulls also on the pond. No sign of the Kingfisher reported last week though. The rest of the park was even quieter with only a couple of Blue Tits, Great Tits and Goldfinches. And the Pigeons of course!


  1. Truthfully, its kind of open to debate. Mandarins are obviously not native, but theres been enough birds escaped over the years to become self sufficient and live and breed naturally in the wild. As for the origins of this particular individual, again, who knows? It has no Rings and is obviously free flying, but its almost impossible to tell if its from a collection or indeed a bird born in the wild.