|Yes I still think geese are some of the coolest birds we get|
As usual, Kev Clements has rode to the rescue with some decent photographs and some astonishing Goldeneye news which actually constitutes a site record:
Attached photos of today's Barnacle Goose - I didn't realise how rare they are at Ryders Mere!
Also, I texted you the following on Sunday with attached image of drake Goldeneye but not sure if you received it.
|Commonish at other sites, but not on our patch!|
Drake & 6 female Goldeneye on Ryders Mere (drake & fem present 11.30, 5 fems landed, fem joined them & all flew out, drake still present 12.30) - Gareth says record count. Also 7 Goosander, 26 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 35 Tufted Duck, 41 Lapwing & 4 L Grebe.
I have deliberately not edited out Kev's paragraph about sending me the photograph for two reasons, Firstly it really underlines the Clayhanger birding experience as species that may seem to be commonplace or unexceptional can be significant rarities on a local patch.
Spurn for example has hosted dozens of category one rarities but as far as I am aware has never recorded a Green Woodpecker? I was at Filey Dams reserve one day not realising that the Kingfisher which was showing well was a first for the site, and if you see a Magpie on Lundy Island, you used to have to submit a full rarity description!
The other point is a more personal one. These days I regularly get texts on my phone telling me that someone has sent me a message and I need to go on line to open it. This is because my mobile phone actually works on steam and I am desperately trying to avoid being backed into the corner where I have to learn to use one of these smart phones, so unless you do what good old Kev has done and e-mail them to me, you need to assume that I have not got them! (it is really frustrating not knowing what I might be missing when I get one of those).
Anyway, for those who may have sent me stuff that I have not acknowledged, I hope you now understand why and will accept my apologies. I hope that it goes without saying that I am genuinely grateful that you tried - Chaz