Just the one bird featured today ............ and what a bird.
Trevor e-mailed me over a week ago while I was in Wales, to say he'd found a Red Breasted Merganser at the lake.
I've seen plenty of these birds before along the coast in Wales, but never inland. That's usually their close relative the Goosander that pops up this time of the year on lakes and flooded pits inland. (They also appear around the coast too.)
Never seen one inland, and certainly not at Caldecotte Lake.
Yesterday I didn't see it, and so thought maybe it had gone.
This morning was cold and frosty, with the promise of some sun. I had to have a quick visit, just in case, despite it being a weekend, and boats on the lake.
I also had to get back pretty quick for a parcel delivery today too.
Anyway, I made my way to the 'favoured' spot, and there he was.
I took an obscene amount of pictures, sadly not all in glorious sunshine, and while I was there, a male Goosander flew overhead too, hence the plural title.
and the Goosander
and a short bit of video to finish with.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Total species 26