No sign of the Scaup or the Mandarin though the other birds were still present but I sure I just could not see them due to the weather. Rain supposed to stop later so another visit this afternoon by the looks of it.
Late afternoon and I'm back, the odd heavy shower but it's dry in between and sure enough everything is present. The pair of Mandarin are again on the far bank, the male up on the riverbank as usual, the female swimming around in that little sheltered bay opposite the feeding area.
The Pink-footed Goose was also on the riverbank opposite and the Whooper Swan was swimming with the Mute Swans. I'm still waiting the result of where this bird was rung from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust but they did tell me it could be a while.
|Mute and Whooper Swan|
|Immature male Scaup|
|Immature male Scaup showing the broad bill and the black on the tip|
extending beyond the nail.
|Tufted Duck on the river for comparison|
A Kingfisher flew by several times as I watched the birds but never perched up. Probably because of the rain, the stretch of water downstream from the weir must have had a considerable amount of fish as seven Goosander and three Cormorant were feeding there, and frequently coming up with a catch.
Amongst the few other things seen were a small party of tits that flew across the river to where I was and contained Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit and Long-tailed Tit.