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Fudge Duck causes a flap

Last modified: 19 November 2008

Ferruginous duck

A scarce visitor to Wales is causing a stir amongst visitors to Cosmeston Lakes.

A ferruginous duck, named after the male's deep chestnut, rust-like plumage and often shortened to 'fudge duck', has arrived at Cosmeston to the delight of staff and birdwatchers.

The Welsh Records Panel lists ferruginous duck as a scarce species, with only one or two birds visiting Wales during the last five years. Globally, the species is categorised as near-threatened and is declining across Europe.

Sarah Lewis of RSPB Cymru says,

"It really is a striking bird and, unlike many other rare visitors, has been offering excellent views from viewing points overlooking the west lake."

She continues,

"Ducks, geese and swans are a great way to learn to identify birds. They are often brightly coloured and tend to be easier to spot, especially during the winter."

RSPB Cymru is working in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Mediaeval Village to give people the opportunity to connect with nature through hands-on and fun activities.

Other recent sightings include close-up views of a bearded tit which has been posing on the boardwalk for visitors.

It is hoped that the ferruginous duck will stay for a number of weeks.

Vale council cabinet member for tourism and leisure Cllr Anthony Ernest said: "We are always delighted when a rare species of bird visits Cosmeston and this will not be the first time this has happened. With some good weather expected over the next few days, this will be an ideal opportunity for our many visitors to welcome this latest visitor."

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