Pochard numbers hit new heights

Pochard
Pochard

Last winter, Wanstead Park attracted record numbers of Gadwall. This year it seems to have hit the jackpot with Pochard. In recent years, this duck has adopted a habit of arriving in early September – before the build-up of other winter wildfowl, with numbers then thinning as the autumn progresses. This year they started arriving in late August and have, this week, hit record numbers, with more than 60 on Heronry. Joining them this week have been single Red-crested Pochard and Wigeon.

Tim Harris