Spotted flycatcher 2
Goosander 1 imm (male?)
Willow tit 1
Chiffchaff 1 singing
Mute swan 6 (adult & 5 cygnets)
At last the sleepy mere awakes from its slumbers and realises that summer is almost over.
The spotted flycatchers were in the dead wood at the southern end of the mere and were right on schedule, I could almost set my watch by them! They're almost annual in August / September in this very woodland, and I watched them flycatching for 30 minutes or so. They seemed to be uncomfortably associating with Chaffinches and Goldfinches, some of which were also flycatching in their own cumbersome way.
The goosander on the otherhand was completely unprecedented. All of my previous 48 records of Goosander at the mere have been in winter, between the middle of October and the end of April. This is my first summer record, and it didn't stay long. I watched it fly in harassed by gulls. It landed for about 30 seconds before taking off again, still with it's entourage of gulls and disappeared to the south west. I don't know why the gulls had such a downer on it, I've never seen goosanders treated like this before.
The predictability and uncertainty of birding summed up in 20 minutes at the mere!