A highlight for me was the drake goosander that comes and goes from the reservoir at the moment, but showed well this morning, drifting towards me for a while.
Much attention has focused on the woodland recently, with the presence of a Siberian race of chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis along with one or two of our regular Phylloscopus collybita collybita of western Europe. The tristis proved hard to photograph well, but the photo below shows how grey-bown "milky tea" looking this race is, with just a hint of yellow-green on the wings.
|chiffchaff - "tristis"|
|chiffchaff - "collybita"|
This morning, the woodland path beside the river was sheltered from the wind and the warm sunshine again attracted a large flock of foraging birds, including the chiffchaffs, willow tit and several each of treecreeper and goldcrest. They were all very confiding and enabled some enjoyable but (also, at times, frustrating) photography.
|face to face with a willow-tit|
|future nesting habitat|