Aside from those Scandinavian visitors the only other bird of note on the Marsh was a Goldcrest although there were briefly two Shoveler which decamped to the Mere as soon as I put my glasses up.
The Mere held another three Shoveler (that's five in total - just so nobody has to take a sock off) and five Wigeon slouched at various points around the shoreline. I expected that to be that, another typical slow autumn day!
However as I headed back along the edge of the buffer zone my attention was caught by a piercing and clear single note call. This was followed by another and to my surprise a very dark-looking Rock Pipit came flying in from the north before dropping into cover near the east end of the Mere.
|A Rock Pipit - gorgeous eh? (!)|
Not a mega-rarity in the big scheme of things and one that probably occurs more often than records would suggest, but it made my visit worth while today. In all probability it will be a bird of the Scandinavian subspecies as they are a regular winter visitor to Britain, in particular any birds found at inland sites are more likely to be Scandinavian rather than the resident sub-species.
Anyway, a busy weekend ahead for me, despite which the anticipated strong winds and rain make the idea of another visit more than a little unattractive. Still, I hope you all have a good weekend. If you get fed-up with the rain, don't forget that you can get wet on the inside too as the Black Country Arms is holding its annual beer festival until Sunday.
Stay safe you lot! - Chaz