This morning I decided to pop and see the adult Red-throated Diver that had been discovered locally late yesterday afternoon. As it was a Worcestershire lifer for me and the first one in the county since 1997 it was to good an opportunity to pass up on.
On arriving at the River Severn, I walked the public footpath that runs behind Bewdley High School and soon bumped into a handful of familiar faces who were watching the bird. I couldn't believe how close it was and how unfazed it seemed by the people gathered nearby.
The diver was an adult in winter plumage and I spent quite a while enjoying it as it was treading water against the flow of the river. Occasionally it would dive and resurface some distance away.
It was a real privilege to see one so close up and only 3 miles or so from where I live. My usual experiences of this species has been off the coast in autumn/winter bobbing up and down way out to see. Even when they turn up inland it tends to be at the larger reservoirs...something Worcestershire is sadly lacking.
Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata)