Visits to my local patch have been somewhat infrequent this year mainly due to the inclement weather.
Earlier this week on a very blustery morning following severe overnight gales initially there seemed to be very little avian activity apart from a single Black-headed Gull on sentry duty ...
... and a solitary Coot resting at the waters edge.
When I reached the Great Pond the effect of the recent high rainfall was clear to see with water stretching far beyond its normal boundaries. Again it appeared bird-less but as the sun peeked through several species emerged from the saturated wooded margins. I logged around 30 Mallard, a pair of Northern Shoveler, a single male Tufted Duck and a pair of Teal.
As I circled the pond I noticed the emergence of a very colourful species that regularly appears at this time of year ... Mandarin Ducks. Initially two pairs drifted into view and then a further six males joined the party.
Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.