START IN THE PARK
Here are the typical park birds mentioned in this chapter, in order of appearance
Male mallard (drake):
Female mallard (hen duck):
Duck doing its upside-down trick:
The familiar “quack” of the female mallard:
Male mallards don’t make the same quacking noise:
As I mentioned, not all ducks quack. This is the pochard:
And this is the common scoter:
What else can you see in the park? Possibly a moorhen:
And a coot or two:
This is a commonly heard call of a moorhen:
And the coot:
Moving onto geese, maybe you will see the Canada goose, with its white chin strap:
Or the Egyptian goose with its “black eyes”:
Or one of the grey geese such as this greylag goose:
And maybe the lake you visit will really be a “Swan Lake”?
And here’s the great crested grebe I mentioned, taking its young for a ride on its back:
And slightly older juvenile great crested grebes (the noisy ones):
Once the juvenile grebes are heard, they are never forgotten:
What other birds did you and the child see in the park? Drop me a line on the Contact page or add a comment below, and I’ll include a photo and/or sound recording.
Credits: All photos from Pixabay. Sound recordings from Xeno-Canto by Jarek Matusiak (male mallard), Joost van Bruggen (pochard), Carlos Sires (moorhen), Jorge Leitao (coot), and Tero Linjama (female mallard, common scoter and great crested grebe).