Kevin the Kingfisher may still be absent but Wapping Canal now has some Shoveler Ducks for us to look at.
They were first spotted by the ever vigilant John Archer, the Tower Hamlets Biodiversity Officer, the other week:
“I was walking along the canal this afternoon and was surprised to find a drake Shoveler associating with the Mallards and Black-headed Gulls by Tobacco Dock. The only place in the borough that Shovelers are regularly seen is Victoria Park, and they are far from common in inner London.”
Thanks for that John!
Our Wildlife Rangers have been neglecting their duties recently but spotted two male and possibly one female ‘shoveler’ yesterday.
No prizes for guessing why they are called shovelers! It’s that ‘ spatulate’ bill.
You can read more about the shoveler on the RPSB site which says that there are between 310-1,020 pairs breeding annually in the UK and around 18,000 birds passing through on migration in spring and / or autumn.
For more information about Tower Hamlets biodiversity plans check out their web page.