Last night just arrived back from Sofia, Bulgaria and late this morning I went to have a look at the female Long-tailed Duck at Chetwynd Pool, Newport that was found by Martin Grant.
There has been up to an amazing total of 4 long-tailed Duck in Salop this winter with a single at Middle Pool at the beginning of Jan and the pair were still present at Whitemere today. This individual was my sixth for the county and was showing very well in the bright sun just over the wall from the road.
Only 8 Gooseander, including this male and 20+Shoveler but at Trench Pool there were 17 Gooseander with another 21 on nearby Middle Pool
Long-tailed Tit at Trench Pool
Anna and I had a short break in Sofia, Bulgaria and we loved the snow covered city. No birding except for what was around are apartment we stayed in.
It's cheap, very good food and home-made and friendly folks.
Two of the Orthodox churches that we visited in the city
Anna walking next to the government buildings
An old one from the Hungarian composer ,Yonderboi His music is difficult to pigeonhole because it is quite conceptual and combines a wide range of sources, plays around with various musical styles. Despite of these a certain intense atmosphere and the distinctive melodies remain recognizable in all of his works. Each record was followed by a tour, the first and the second with a live band and the current one as a one-man act. He performed on diverse stages over the years, including festivals such as Sónar, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, Big Chill, Sziget, ADE and venues like Razzmatazz, Melkweg, Paradiso (Amsterdam). Yonderboi's music is often licensed to films, TV and fashion shows or video games.