A pre Christmas amble up Seeswood Pool on the 23rd had me checking the Tufted Duck with 40+ birds (high numbers going on the last few years) when my eyes were drawn to a brighter slightly smaller duck with a noticeable white eye! I convinced myself it wasn't going to be a Ferruginous Duck but it was niggling me so decided to head home for the scope to obtain better views!!! Sure enough it was but the hybrid doubts were at the back of my mind especially as the bill nail seemed to have more black than I'd expect?? at the time I was thinking adult but after a cpl of discussions with a few Warks birders we came to the fact that its an advanced 1st Winter male!! No rings seen & very skittish & still present on the evening of the 27th..............
Monday 16 December 2019
Not done much over the last few months apart from local stuff with nothing really to report so when i received a call of Adam Archer asking if i was interested in going for the Black-throated Thrush at Whipsnade, Bedfordshire I jumped at the chance..... Only my 2nd in Britain with my last being way back in 1996 at Webheath, Redditch