The Duck with the GoldenEye has returned!

The first of  these lovely birds has arrived at Walthamstow Wetlands.  The female Goldeneye was spotted on reservoir 4 at 10am on the 24th October.  This is slightly earlier than when they normally arrive but a week later than the earliest siting which was recorded in 2020.  Margaux Portron from London N17 correctly entered the right date and was the lucky winner of the draw.  She wins a luxury overnight stay for 2 in the Radisson Blu hotel in the amazing city of Durham.

Goldeneye Duck

Their 1600-mile journey

For the latest on their journey check out Twitter and Facebook.

they're here!
they're here!

About this competition

BirdRun has partnered with the amazing people at the London Wildlife Trust: who protect the vitally important over wintering reservoirs at Walthamstow Wetlands.

Birdrun Prize


Is a one night B&B stay for 2 in a luxury Radisson Blu hotel in the fabulous historic city of Durham. The prize includes off peak travel to Durham (conditions apply).

Barely 2 months old and left to fend for themselves the Goldeneye duck chicks have to learn to fly alone and very soon afterwards navigate themselves across the frozen tundra, across the Baltic Sea and find safety and food security in Walthamstow to escape the coming Arctic winter.

Over the last 20 years, the UK has seen the once common Goldeneye duck become increasingly threatened.  It is now on the Red list of Birds at risk of extinction in Great Britain.  London Wildlife Trust is protecting one of its key overwintering sites in the UK. Your support will go towards maintaining and enhancing the deep food rich waters that these birds need to survive a cold winter.

The records from 2017 show that the common Goldeneye arrives between the 17th and 29th October. If you can guess the actual day the first one arrives, you will be entered into our prize draw for one of the fabulous prizes shown here.

How it works

BirdRun is no ordinary prize draw.

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We tell you the time window when the first bird normally arrives at Walthamstow Wetlands.

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You enter the day(s) you think the first bird will arrive.

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London Wildlife Trust experts look out for the birds every day and they validate the day when the first one arrives.

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Everyone who gets the correct date is entered into the prize draw. The winner(s) are selected at random.
(If the birds arrive outside the selection window everyone will be entered into the draw.)

Walthamstow wetlands

Internationally important nature reserve providing shelter to a wide range of wildlife.

Walthamstow Wetlands

In the Lee Valley a cluster of reservoirs have been transformed into Europe’s largest urban wetland reserve.

The ten reservoirs on-site offer a haven for overwintering wildfowl who depend on the deep, ice-free waters for their food.

The  love Walthamstow because they feed primarily on a variety of different aquatic insects, as well as small fish, shrimp, crabs, barnacles, and more. Some of their favourite prey species include dragonfly and mayfly larvae, beetles, and a variety of crabs.

In late winter, before they head back to their nesting sites, these delightful ducks start to pair up.  The males perform a curious courtship ritual bending their heads backward to touch their tails, then popping them forward again while making a loud call.  its lovely to watch on cold day in late January.

Walthamstow Wetlands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It also forms part of the Lee Valley Special Protection Area and is on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.