Over the last two years or so there has been a wintering long-tailed duck often on the smaller boating lake keeping away from the much busier activity centre lake. When I saw the bird last year it kept itself to itself and stayed far out in the middle small boating lake, this time the bird was much more confident and showy!
The bar-wit was was also foraging in its usual flooded field, viewed from the muddy track around the res.
Rufus Bush Robin: This awesome Autumn keeps on delivering, this time a bird that hasn't been seen in the UK for over 40 years!
This bird goes by many names including rufous scrub robin, rufous bush chat, rufous bush robin and even rufous warbler.
Whatever you want to call it this bird was a total magnet for twitchers. Of which there was a lot of talk about the current Covid restrictions. Let me set things straight if you live in Tier 1 or Tier 2 there are no travel restrictions and you allowed to travel long distances for birding/twitching. You are not breaking the guidance or law if you do so.
Taiga Flycatcher: Formerly considered a subspecies of the red-breasted flycatcher, very similar in appearance. There are a few subtle differences one being its bill, Taiga's have an almost completely dark bill. In comparison, the bill colour of a red-breasted fly is variable and can range from completely dark (like Taiga) to partly pale.
Hoopoe: I've maybe seen around 4 or 5 hoopoe in the UK during my birding years, but I've never seen one like this before. This bird was remarkably tame and not at all camera shy!
Just how I like my birds!
The last time i saw a hoopoe in the Uk was only back in May this year and it too was an urban bird, but was much more shy and prone to disturbance than this individual.
Hoopoes breed across most of Europe, except Scandinavia, favouring open country and clumps of old trees including pollard willows, meadows orchards and olive plantations. Almost all migrate in autumn - usually at night - to winter in Africa, south of Sahara.