Today I fancied a walk around Wilstone Res., as I haven't been there for a while. I was unaware of yesteday's report of a black-necked grebe at the site and in fact I was unaware of anything at Wilstone for some time. It turned out to be a pretty good afternon.
15:00 to 17:30:
Showing very well along western half of northwest banking.
SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT
West corner amongst the stones and froth at the water's edge. Not a bird I am used to recognising, but all-over dark olive back with darkish striping over greyish underside, hint of pale supercilium and very dark legs suggested it was not a water pipit.
Northern Pintail - 3
Dozing in east corner. All looked like males in winter garb.
In front of hide. Other birder had brief sight of what he thought may be Redshank, but shortly after he left I found it resting amongst lapwing. General size, black legs, pink and black bill, body colour and wing bars in flight confirmed its identity.
Whooper swan - 2
West corner, then moved to south sector. Presumably the regular 2 feral birds?
European Golden plover - 24
Dropped in during the afternoon. Dozing among lapwing in front of hide.
Brambling - 5
Amongst flock of 50+ chaffinch in corner of ploughed field to the north of the west corner. (My first brambling of the season - I have found none yet in Penn Wood.)