It's not over yet folks - nearly spat my coffee over the kitchen window this morning when I looked out and saw these. I'm glad I did a mad dash for the camera, as they were seen off soon after by a Fieldfare guarding a stash of fallen apples.
Saturday, 24 December 2016
No podium position for me again but a nice quality addition to my SFYL with a Smew found while visiting Cuckoo Bridge Lake for WeBS. Worth pointing out virtually no one else goes birding here and WeBS is the excuse I need to visit. Over the years I've had Great Northern Diver, Pintail twice, Scaup three times and Great White Egret. Not bad for a quiet site.
Saturday, 3 December 2016
After a good view of the phalarope I thought it best to check out GLE in case everybody else had overlooked it. Good job I did, picked up this bird on the deck first right at the back of the pit, then chased by Kestrel, then back on the deck again at almost the same spot before the Kestrel chased it away again. Was very small compared with the female Kestrel so consider most likely a young male.