How long the new arrival will stick around for is anybodies guess, but Etherow has a habit of attracting unusual species of wildfowl and many of them decide to stay for good.
My other stop today was at a location even closer to my home which is home to a pair of Little Owls.
This pair show very well some days and not at all others...Today unfortunately was the latter!
These little Owls are to be the first species of a little project I've set myself for the year...In fact I've set myself two bird related challenges this year and I shall post the details of both at a later date!
Although disappointed at not seeing the Owls today, the walk back across the fields did provide pretty decent views of a group of 3 Lapwing who were digging around in the mud for morsels.
Always nice to see Lapwing in their traditional farmland habitat...