On Saturday 6th I went to Alvecote Pools, Warwickshire, for a couple of hours to try and locate the redhead Smew that had been reported there. With the help of some local birders, this was not difficult, although the bird was very distant.
Having observed this bird for some time, we were heading back towards the road when a couple of drake Goosander flew in - a nice end to the morning!
I was so taken with this place, and the friendliness of the local birders, that I decided to return for a full day the following day. There were not so many wildfowl around, probably due to the clay pigeon shoot that was taking place in a field over the road from the pools. However, the company was just as good as the previous day. One of the highlights of the day was being introduced to a 'working' Harris Hawk.