There was plenty of other wildlife of interest, including a small flock of Redwings (about 40 birds) and Golden Plover (150).
Wildfowl are starting to arrive for the winter. From the first reedbed screen we could see good numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Mallard, plus a few Shoveler and a single Gadwall. A few dozen Snipe were also roosting or feeding on the edge of the muddy reed-fringe.
Large numbers of geese were grazing out on the wet grasslands, especially in front of the Wetland Watch Hide. A small juvenile grey goose had me stumped for a while. Is was noticeably smaller than the groups of Greylag Geese nearby. Then, while scanning across the flock again I spotted the unmistakeable white forehead of a White-fronted Goose, with another slightly less well marked individual next to it. Black belly stripes on both these birds were also distinctive. They then joined together with the small juvenile goose and the penny dropped - this was a group of European White-fronted Geese, likely to be a family party, and freshly arrived from somewhere far to the north and east.
|European White-fronted Geese, juvenile front left (without black bands on the belly)|
Earlier in the week I made another visit to Boddington Reservoir to see the evening gull roost, just in time to catch the last rays of evening sunlight, creating a stunning scene with the reflections of the Canada Geese in the calm water.
|Boddington Reservoir at dusk|
|Canada Geese (slr camera shot)|
|Canada Geese (phone-scoped)|