A surprise find on the river this afternoon, three Mandarin Duck, a new species for the parish. I almost missed them, dismissing them as Mallards at distance, but fortunately I checked them again. They were very nervous and hence the very distant poor photos but at least you can see what they are.
I think these are eclipse drakes given the reddish tones on the bill but I’m not a great expert on the species. Interesting to speculate on where these have come from with the nearest birds I’m aware of on the Ure near Masham.