Recently, there have been a number of reports of a rather rare visitor at Bar Hall Bay, at the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula. A Green-winged Teal has joined a flock of the more common European Teal and seems to have decided to stay for a while. Normally, Green–winged Teal would be found in North America, but this one must have strayed a bit off course.
It looks very similar to our more common European Teal and will probably be within their flock so tricky to single it out.
If you go to Bar Hall today, you may be lucky enough to spot it. And if you don’t see the rare American visitor, you will certainly see our resident species which is just as worthy of our attention. They are our smallest dabbling duck and fly with very rapid wing beats. None breed in Ireland, although a few breed in the moors of northern England and Scotland.
Most of the Teal in Strangford Lough today will shortly be returning to northern Europe to breed. So if you want to see them for yourself, you’ll have to get out there soon.