Teal

TealThe Eurasian Teal, Common Teal or just plain Teal, Anas crecca, is a small dabbling duck which breeds in temperate Eurasia and migrates south in winter.

Males have a chestnut coloured head with broad green eye-patches, a spotted chest, grey flanks and a black edged yellow tail. Females are a mottled brown. In flight, both sexes have bright green wing patches.

It is one of the smallest of the dabbling ducks.

Teal eat small invertebrates and seeds.

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. crecca

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Treecreeper

TreecreeperThe Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris, is a small, quite dull colured passerine bird belonging to the family Certhiidae.

It is speckly brown above and mainly white below and has a long, slender, downcurved bill for getting insects out of the bark of trees. It grows to a length of around 18 cm.

As the name suggests, it creeps around the trunks and branches of trees, hopping on both legs and sometimes using its tail as a support. It eats insects and spiders and seeds in winter.

Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Superfamily: Certhioidea
Family: Certhiidae
Genus: C. familiaris

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Tufted Duck

Tufted DuckThe Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, is a medium-sized diving duck found in marshland, coastal areas, gravel pits, lakes and lagoons. It is a bit smaller than a (normal) Mallard.

The male has a black head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. It has a small crest and a yellow eye. The female is brown in colour with paler in colour and more likely to be confused with other species of ducks.

Tufted Ducks eat molluscs, insects and the odd bit of greenery.

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Aythyinae
Genus: Aythya
Species: A. fuligula

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Turnstone

TurnstoneThe Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, is a wading birds belonging to the family Scolopacidae and closely related to sandpipers.

They are Arctic breeders and migratory. Turnstones have strong necks and bills well suited to their feeding technique, namely turning over stones to find food, mainly invertebrates. They are strictly coastal and prefer stony beaches to sand.

Turnstones have brown or chestnut and black upperparts and brown and white or black and white head pattern, whilst their underparts are white. Their legs are orange.

Order: Charadriiformes
Suborder: Scolopaci
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Arenaria

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