Gadwall 1 eclipse male
Lots of water birds dying at the mere at the moment. There are at least 5 corpses of ducks and a grebe washed up on the edge, and tonight there were only four cygnets with the remaining adult swan. A fifth cygnet was alone at the opposite end of the mere and showing worrying signs of being sick, whilst the sixth is nowhere to be seen. On a positive note, the family of 5 great crested grebe chicks seems to be thriving, and still fully intact.