This is a small but very productive little pond on Rona. I’ve never seen anything rare on here but it is good for waders like Dunlin and Redshank and I’ll often get double figure counts of Teal so it’s worth a wee look when I’m up north.
Just recently I’ve started to wonder what is going on. It first started a couple of weeks ago I found a dead teal. Clearly they’d been predated by a Peregrine.
The following Saturday I found a dead Shoveler. This is a rare bird on Island. I’d been lucky enough to spot a live one from the May Princess in the spring but was less delighted to find this one.
This wigeon was too weak to get off the pond. I tried to catch it but it escaped. I would have had it repatriated to the mainland. It was probably just lacking fresh water. It’s fate was unknown.