1st winter drake Goldeneye, Felbrigg Lake
Met up with some old birding friends from Peterborough and their guests for a walk round Felbrigg Park this morning – lovely and bright but with quite a stiff south westerly wind blowing. Usual assortment of woodland species between Sexton’s Lodge and the lake. Lots of gulls roosting on the water meadow – mostly Black-headed but with a few Common and a couple of Herring mixed in. Siskins heard but not seen in the alders. A mobile flock of mostly Long-tailed Tit held a couple of Goldcrest and a Treecreeper. Eventually found a couple of Woodcock in Common Plantation – much to the pleasure of Bob, our visiting American birder guest. Only his second ever! On the lake duck numbers are down again but the two Goldeneye – one female and the first winter drake were back. No sign of the Shoveler though.