News of a Great Northern Diver on Bothal Pond just a hop, skip and jump down the road yesterday afternoon prompted a stop late morning today to check it it was still around, as there had been no further news. One old-timer local last night suggested it was probably a site first, anyone else know differently? In crisp sunshine the juvenile was quickly located diving frequently around the centre of the pond. Perhaps unused to such a small water body it regularly stayed very flat when on the surface as if attempting to remain unseen. Distance resulted in nothing more than vinyl tequila but it was nice to watch.
Great Northern Diver
At the east end of the pond a small Canada Goose flock, a fragment of the Woodhorn/QEII flock turned out to have at least four of the putative Todd's Canada Geese amongst them. A later phone call from JGS suggested six.
In other news two of my colour-ringed Herring Gulls from Friday were first sightings of individuals ringed in a garden at Peterculter Aberdeen.
T:095 (metal ring GR46003) was ringed as an adult on 17/07/2011 and this is the first location/sighting since. T:260 (metal ring GR46266) was ringed as an adult female on 21/05/2012 and this is the first location/sighting since also.