As I drove along towards Brandon marsh this morning I asked myself "What on earth are you out birding today when it's so cold,damp and gloomy".Well to be quite honest I didn't know as I promised myself recently never to go out in these conditions when it was no good for getting decent pics.
Headed straight for the River pool hide to see if I could find the Green Winged Teal reported there yesterday.I was surprised to find the path there so muddy still and I had to struggle in my designer wellies that have no tread to speak of.
The good news was it was still there the bad news was that in two 1 hour visits to the hide the miserable so and so would not move from the far bank.Typical Yank.All it's British cousins came over but it didn't so I ended up with dozens of crappographs.
On the way home I received a text from my good friend Jeff Rankin that there was a Goosander showing well on the car park lake in Brueton Park so I took a minor detour and called in to get some shots.Pity about the gloomy conditions but a cracking bird to see up close.I made a mistake last time I saw one of these when I called it a female when it was a juvenile male which this one maybe ???.