At long last a County 'bitch tick' was nailed today. This species has given me the run around in Warwickshire for nearly thirty years. I have missed out on quite a few local Red-breasted Mergansers over the years including one pesky individual that refused to be tempted over from the Staffordshire side of Alvecote Pools in 1995. This particular bird showed remarkably well at the west end of Shustoke Reservoir this afternoon.
Red-breasted Merganser - Shustoke Reservoir, Warwickshire - November 2010
Photo kindly provided by Dave Hutton