Finally all my stopping and scanning through all the large flocks of Swans I see paid off. Ninety nine times out of a hundred they are all Mutes ( although recently there has been a Black one around).
Today at Quarryhall near Gayhurst Quarry I was going through a flock of some ninety birds, Mute, Mute, Mute, Mute, ..hey hang on that one looks odd and a bit small!. Flipping heck it's a first winter Bewick's!!... No this is Buckinghamshire we just don't get them!
But sure enough it was and it seemed quite happy dozing away amongst it's larger orange-beaked cousins. I put the news out but as yet I don't know if anyone else got to see it.
Elsewhere around Gayhurst Quarry, there were still around a hundred Wigeon, a dozen Teal, 15 Shoveler and 7 Gadwall plus the usual Mallards and Tufteds, 2 Little Grebe and a single Little Egret.
Waders present were the 2 Oystercatchers, one Redshank and a pair of displaying Lapwings.
Hirundines showed in the form of about 20 Swallows and my first House Martin of the year.
A Willow Warbler sang right where I parked the car, Chiffchaffs were quite numerous and a Blackcap showed as it sang in the spinney.