Late Thursday afternoon I decided to take a walk with our dog up to Cholmondeley and have a saunter around Deer Park Mere. It turned out to not only be a pleasant autumn walk but a worthwhile venture recording three Spotted Flycatcher. This is the only time we seem to record this species on the Estate - during the return migration. Other birds of note were Raven (4) and a couple of Reed Warbler along with a very showy Tawny Owl. On the drive back home the lanes of this part of South Cheshire well, the wires above the lanes, were alive with Swallow readying themselves for there long journey South.
Friday morning the weather was bright and sunny as I made the 50 minute drive to Pennington Flash in Greater Manchester. A moulting male Lesser Scaup had been seen there and my aim was to get some close up photos. 3 hours later the nearest the bird came was in the shot you can see below ! Still a very pleasant place to while away a few hours birding.
Great Crested Grebe