Red-crested Pochard was the most unusual bird of the day – a male flew with three other ducks, (probably female Red-crested Pochards) out of sight behind the reeds in front of the Harrier hide, and appeared again (alone) on the Mere later in the afternoon. This is the first record of this European species this year, and indeed – from memory – for many years. An update on it’s status will follow after we’ve checked back through past records!
The Green-winged Teal was again present from the Ron Barker hide, where Kingfisher and Peregrine were also seen.
Waders included 30+ Ruff and at least 12 Black-tailed Godwits – just off the reserve a Green Sandpiper was flushed fron a ditch near Crabtree Farm yesterday, and may well turn up on the reserve at some stage.