This year has been incredibly good locally for unusual waterfowl.
|Brent Goose at Newport Pagnell Gravel Pits|
A Brent Goose I found at Gayhurst Quarry was a site and county tick for me. It managed to disappear before anyone else could see it though. Luckily it reappeared later at Newport Pagnell Gravel Pits.
A flock of 8 Scaup at Caldecotte Lake was the largest ever recorded in the county.
|7 of the 8 Scaup at Caldecotte Lake|
Goosanders though not exactly rare winter visitors to these parts are always nice to see.
|drake Goosander on the River Ousel|
A fine drake Smew turned up at Willen
|drake Smew at Willen (click on the picture for a better look)|
This Barnacle Goose remains at Emberton after all it's associates left for the winter. I think it's wing is damaged.
|Barnacle Goose at Emberton|
Within ten miles of home I have managed to see a Great Northern Diver at Kempston Hardwick, 3 Smew at Stewartby, 3 Scaup and a Slavonian Grebe at Brogborough and at Priory Country Park a drake Red-crested Pochard, a Black-necked Grebe and this superb drake Ferruginous Duck.
|Ferruginous Duck at Priory Park|