Birds I have seen today and hope that I will recognise again:
GOLDENEYE. Male and female look very different from each other, but both have large heads for their small bodies and short bills. Females have dark brown heads. I could see the golden eye only through the telescope.
LAPWING. I know what lapwings look and sound like, but I forgot they were also waders so was surprised to see birds with pony-tails in the water.
WATER RAIL. Tubby with orange bill. Very camouflaged apart from grey and white stripes on its underside.
AVOCET. Black and more white with upcurving bill.
SHELDUCK. Bottle green head and chestnut band on its white chest.
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE. Apparently many birds were named from dead specimens. Had taxonomists been considerate of novice bird-spotters and given names from live specimens, these birds would have been called “brown-headed geese”.