Thompson Water at sunrise 06/11/12
I arrived at Thompson Water prior to sunrise and thoughts were of possible winter duck species, therefore, it was a welcome find when a female 'redhead' Goosander was seen in the mist on the water. This attractive Sawbill is generally a scarce winter visitor to Thompson Water with most birds being female, however, on occasions, the more attractive male visits.
Also on the water was 4 Shoveler, a family party of Mute Swans, a pair of Gadwall, and a Kingfisher flying low over the water.
Occasionally, the silence was broken by the sudden, explosive song of a Cetti's Warbler coming from within scrubby waterside Willow habitat. The first pioneer Cetti's Warbler arrived at Thompson Water in the spring of 2007, since then 5 territories have been established around the site.
Overhead, Siskins and Redpolls passed by.
Goosander on Thompson Water 06/11/12
At sunrise, an Otter was seen porpoising through the water and scattering fish in all directions as it did so. I have seen up to 3 Otters together at Thompson Water.
Otter - Thompson Water 06/11/12
In the forest and heathland habitats around the Thompson Water area, several good-sized flocks of both Redwings and Fieldfares passed overhead in an east to west heading.
I left Thompson Water at about 0900 happy with this productive visit.