Red-breasted Merganser at Caldecotte Lake

A few days ago an adult Red-breasted Merganser was reported from the nearby Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes. The bird were relocated by birders in the following days and I hoped I would find it as well.

In the first hour I was walking sll around the north lake in quite a gloomy but mild weather. In the ‘arms’ I saw a beautiful drake Common Merganser (Goosander) and it pretty much was the highlight. In the bushes quite a lot of European Robins called, and tits flocked mainly on the eastern side of the north lake.

As there was no sign of the Red-breasted Merganser, I headed to south lake. Sun came out and painted the lake and its surrounding golden. Again a nice Common Merganser, striking Common Pochards, Eurasian Wigeons coloured the Common Coot groups. At the south end birdwatching point a Water Rail called loudly. I checked every corner of the lake, but I didn’t see the rare merganser.

Driven by the sixth sense, I returned to west side of the north lake to give it another try. After passing the Caldecotte Arms pub the male Red-breasted Merganser was meters away from the walkway. It showed very well in beautiful lights. I had time to take a few record shot through the Zeiss binoculars with my iPhone. The outcome is definitely not jaw dropping, but enough for documenting.

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Photo taken by an iPhone through my Zeiss binoculars handheld. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Records from Caldecotte Lake North/South, Milton Keynes from today

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 46/47
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 19/11
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2/4
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 5/18
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 9/6
Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos) 53/67
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 2
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) 0/4
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 0/14
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 7/24
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1/1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1/0
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 4
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 25/12
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 8/32
Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) 3/4
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 2/1
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) 1
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 24/15
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 51/147
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 78/115
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 3/6
Herring Gull (European) (Larus argentatus) 1/4
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus fuscus) 0/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus graellsii) 1/1
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 0/1
Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 4/4
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) 2/1
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) 1/0
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 0/1
Eurasian Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) 0/1
Eurasian Magpie (Eurasian) (Pica pica [pica Group]) 16/10
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 6/5
Great Tit (Parus major) 6/3
Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) 15/11
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 14/31
Eurasian Wren (Eurasian) (Troglodytes troglodytes) 5/5
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) 2/0
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 21/28
Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) 14/10
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 2/0
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 14/0
Dunnock (Prunella modularis) 8/14
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 2/0
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) 2/0
Eurasian Bullfinch (Eurasian) (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) 1/0
European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) 1/0
White Wagtail (British) (Motacilla alba yarrellii) 0/2
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) 9/4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 8/0

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