I was just about to leave when I fortunately bumped into DE who was doing the Webs count and told me that there were six Red-crested Pochard in the SW corner of No 4 which I had not bothered to cover. I hurried round to find five males and one female. They allowed a very close approach so either a) they were exhausted after just flying in from the Kazakh steppes and were not used to people or b) they had made the rather shorter journey from Finsbury Park. Either way, they took to 94 my year list for the reservoirs which means I have already beaten my previous record of 1985 despite being absent birding abroad during the reservoirs' purple patch recently. Looking at the list from 30 years ago which included Woodlark, Green-winged Teal and Red-necked Grebe, I suspect the achievement is largely down to better information about what is where and when than more birds. So thanks to everyone who has shared info...
|Tired migrants adjusting to their new home|
More long-distance migrants allowing a close approach