This was my first visit to Earlswood Lakes and I must say that I was impressed. The goal for the day was of course the Night Heron which failed to show, until fifteen minutes after I left! Typical! However, the day was not lost with a very obliging drake Mandarin taking over the starring role. This was actually my first Mandarin in Warwickshire (true!) and my first to be seen in three years! Not really bothered about "plastic" claims! It was rather "seasonally fresh" standing on the causeway from 3pm until 8pm but the company was good, with a good gathering including Matt G (original finder of the Night Heron), Craig (MidlandsBirder), Steve S & Ann, Dave H, Bob D, Di S plus others whose names escape me! I shall return!
Protective & Proud - Mallard Family