Tufties: no fudgie (yet)

Tufties: no fudgie (yet)

Tufted ducks (tufties) on West Park lake. Every winter twenty or so overwinter there. Shortly before lockdown one began last year, they were joined by a ferruginous duck (fudgie), a much rarer bird, possibly wild, possibly an escapee from a wildfowl collection.

The fudgie looks quite similar to the female tufties – the ones without a white patch on their sides – but with a different eye colour. I’m keeping an eye out to spot it, if it returns. No sign yet.