|Photo: Phil Ward|
Star birds today though are the no less than FIVE Greylag on Ryders Mere - impressive showing for the site although not a record (we had seven on one day in 2010). I suspect in a few years time this species wont warrant a mention as given the significant increase in numbers of the last few years I expect it will eventually reach the plague status achieved by Canada Goose?
Also today were four singing Chiffchaff, four Teal, one Gadwall, five Goosander,a Stock Dove, two Oystercatcher, a cuddly toy two sliding doors and a conveyor belt (alright I was making the last bit up)!
The picture at the top of the posting is one of Phil Wards shots of the Brent Goose at Chasewater. despite the fact that the bird was nervous of the Canada Geese, arrived at exactly the right time for birds moving out of Britain for the Netherlands (they rest up at places like Texel for a few weeks before moving onto their breeding sites), arrived the day before another single bird turned up at Slimbridge and is actually (as far as I can remember) a species I have never seen in a collection, someone has apparently decided to suggest that it may be an escape?
At this point I am tempted to use Bernard Smiths well known catch phrase but as there may be ladies with delicate sensibilities reading this, I will leave that to your imagination!
Have a good weekend all - Chaz