Monday, November 11, 2013

Mixenden Res'r

An interesting afternoon continued. I thought the res'r might be worth a check - it paid off with a first for me at this site with a female/juv (I think it's a juvenile) Common Scoter, there till I left at 4.30 pm. It was feeding at the far end inlet near Hays Lane. Photo below was the best I could do in the fading light.
Also present, my first for this autumn, was a drake Goldeneye, a drake Tufted Duck, 11 Teal in the middle of the reservoir and 1 Grey Wagtail on the embankment.
Blackbirds were also coming in to roost  and a group of around 12 included one that looked more like a Great-spotted Woodpecker in plumage. I think it was just various white feathers in the wings, body and tail in the gloom, but it did look odd though definately a Blackbird.


Jeff Cox said...

Still no Goldeneye up this end of the valley. A drake Goosander on Lee Dam this morning was all I could manage on the wild fowl front, but a few Fieldfare at Lumbutts and the usual 2 Little Owls at Mankinholes kept the interest levels up.

Brian Sumner . said...

Nice find Dave, a pleasing day all round for you.