Feedback from volunteer bird spotter Alwyn Knapton, who visits the landscape and garden at Compton Verney regularly to record bird activity:
My first visit of 2016 on a rather overcast and damp day produced
36 species including the return of a Goosander. This is a winter visitor and is a member of the sawbill family. Its bill is serrated like a saw with a hook on the end to help it catch fish while diving.
Gary – Many thanks to Alwyn for the update and great images. The maturing Grebe photo above reminded me of one of my favourites from May 2014 – a young Grebe taking lunch – another great image from Alwyn!
All images ©Compton Verney 2016 – by Alwyn Knapton