TUESDAY 11 NOVEMBER
Following a timely call from MJP, I made my way quickly north to BROGBOROUGH LAKE, where Stuart Elsom had earlier discovered a FERRUGINOUS DUCK during his monthly WeBS count of the site. MJP was still there when I arrived 35 minutes later and very kindly directed me straight on to the bird - isolated to the right of a throng of Aythya duck. Immediately, it was seen to be much smaller than the Pochard it was accompanying, with a characteristically peaked crown and long thin neck. It's plumage was 'ferruginous' brown throughout, albeit virtually black on the upperparts. These contrasted with the gleaming white undertail coverts, with little hint of any grey in the flanks (a typical hybrid trait). The long bill was primarily dark grey, with a slight bluish band towards the tip, while the iris was dark, indicating that the bird was either female or juvenile. I took a number of shots of it but at the distance viewed (230 yards) barely more than poor record in quality (see below). At no point did I see its wing bar nor belly but face-on, the bill was seen to be black restricted to the tip and not extending out on to the flanges - a perfect candidate in my opinion and not one of the many hybrids at large in the UK.