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Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
Friday 31-12-2021 - 11:30 to 13:30 We wanted to add a last-day-of-the-year list to our Worth Park records. It was grey and damp - but a record-breaking mild day for New Year's Eve. To start with it was very quiet. We thought we were going to record the lowest number of birds ever. However, by the end we had found a reasonable number and one notable new addition to our list. The exciting newcomer was a drake Goosander fishing in the lake. We watched it as we walked around the lake from about midday to 1 pm. Later other birders saw and photographed it (thanks to Jamie Court for allowing us to publish his photo). Apparently, it was disturbed by a loud noise and flew off about 3:45 pm. Goosanders are described as "scarce winter visitors and passage migrants". We were lucky and thrilled to find it. The young Mute Swan , one Great Crested Grebe , a Cormorant and the two Egyptian Geese were present. We watched a large rat feeding on the bank; but even it did not fancy the Brussels sprout peelings that had been put down for the birds. An early Camellia was in flower in the triangle woods. A full list of birds seen is given in the Bird Table .
Goosander, photo: Jamie Court