Rare Russian Baikal Teal spotted in Marshside Southport by twitchers December 7th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Rare Russian Baikal Teal spotted in Marshside Southport by twitchers Cold weather conditions did not deter twitchers coming to one of the foremost bird watching areas in Britain on Saturday afternoon (7th December 2013). A group of twitchers gathered along the Coastal Road in Marshside to witness seeing a rare Russian Baikal Teal shelter on the Ribble Estuary Nature Resurve, Marshside. The Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) is also called the Bimaculate Duck or Squawk Duck, is a dabbling duck that breeds in eastern Russia and winters in East Asia. Description At between 39 and 43 centimetres (15 and 17 in), this duck is slightly larger and longer-tailed than the Common Teal. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a striking green nape, yellow and black auriculars, neck, and throat. It has a dark crown, and its breast is light brown with dark spots. It has long dropping dark scapulars, and its grey sides are set off on the front and rear with white bars.. The Baikal Teal has a height from 11.75 to 15.75 inches and a weighs an average of 1 pound. The female looks similar to a female Green-winged Teal but with a longer tail, and a distinctive white spot at the base of the bill and a white throat that angles to the back of the eye. She also has a distinct light eyebrow bordered by a darker crown. The underwing is similar to the Green-winged Teal also, but has a darker leading edge. The green speculum has an indistinct cinnamon-buff inner border. Some “females” have “bridle” markings on their faces, but it has been suggested that at least some of these bridled “females,” if not all, are in fact juvenile males. The juvenile has a plumage similar to that of the female and can be distinguished from the Common Teal by the pale loral spot. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female, but plumage is a much richer reddish-brown (rufous) colour. (source wiki) The RSPB reserve is a haven for birds and has excellent bird observation posts situated at different locations around the reserve. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!