Having turned down a couple of offers today to twitch the Orphean in Wales I decided to do the decent thing and go to work!! Yes being self employed sometimes has its disadvantages but 10 + hours in the car was not really selling it for me either.
Anyway getting home at 14:30 I decided to have a quick look at the mighty Maysebrook Park, which is just a stones throw from my home, and with just over an hours worth of light chose to visit my local park that I have neglected for the last couple of months.
On arrival it was evident that the lake was covered in gulls, this is quite normal for a Sunday as most of the local tips being closed all day gives sites like this an opportunity to pick up something a little different.
Boom! A fine red head GOOSANDER appears in view, and only my third for the site. As I grab the camera for a few record shots I scan around only to discover a bloody GOLDENEYE. This is only my second record with an over wintering female some 15years or so ago!!
Too much Excitemen!! I scan amongst the gulls and find this advanced second winter YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, this being another second record ever for me here.
And if it couldn't get any better a flyover juv PEREGRINE put in a brief appearance.
So what a great buzz for such a short visit, and probably much more of a buzz than I would have got seeing that taffy warbler!