Actually, to be politically correct i should have started with HELLO DUCKY. This elegant bird is a diving duck, with the term Sawbill applied due to the serrated mandibles. The three pictured below were spotted on Killingworths smaller lake. Goosanders are regular visitors to Killingworth at this time of year along with Mergansers. I had a walk around the larger lake also hoping to find an interesting goose in amongst the Canadas and Greylags but with no success. Numbers of waterfowl are increasing with a noticable number of Pochard but surprisingly no Goldeneye yet.
I headed down to the Rising Sun from Killy but it was quite quiet. I called by Dukes Pond first but a dog walker sporting the cackiest khaki strides ever was at the edge of the water with the dog taking a dip and i didn't stay long so obviously didn't see the Jack Snipe that Simon told me that he had lifted from the reedbeds 20 minutes earlier. The large numbers of Redwing amd Fieldfare that frequent the large field by the farm have yet to arrive, but i was more than happy to make do with the Little Owls that adorn the former explosive outhouse nearby. The juvenile Whooper Swan that i mentioned recently is still in and around Swallow Pond. I didn't see it but heard it, this time however it was near the hide on the waggonway.