I never thought that I would be accused of that, unless spiking a roasted one with a fork counts. Plum sauce. Roast potatoes. Mange tout Rodney. Yummy. But I digress...
I have taken the counsel of my peers. I have wrestled with my conscience. I have consulted the rather vague set of rules governing my list. It would seem that I have been a bit harsh on myself. And it would seem that the sensible thing to do is tick the Wigeon.
Patch tick 77!
Two in a week!
51 for the year!
Thanks to all that replied with the words of wisdom (yes, even Ray), it is but a trifling moral dilemma I admit, but important nonetheless (in the context of the patch anyway).
The Wood Ducks I cannot tick. As Mark said, they do breed but they just feel wrong to me. Mandarin feel right, Wood Duck feels wrong. I suspect that if I were applying UK400 Club rules I could probably tick it, but I don’t. They would have Bar-headed Goose on their London list, whereas I didn’t tick the one I saw at Brent Res last year, because it doesn’t feel right. That's just how listing works as far as I'm concerned.
Due to the annoying precipitation yesterday, I didn’t get anywhere near Wandsworth Park. Today I may head that way, but I rather feel that I might be on for a hat-trick of patch ticks and might not get there.
I live in hope (patch birder mantra #3).
Four ducks doing plastic and fantastic.