I live in a bungalow with a large garden on the boundary between farmland and housing but there are a number of lakes and ponds nearby.
Yesterday (17th Jan 2019) I saw a bird that was new to me in my garden which I cannot identify and so I have just joined RSBP to seek help. I have been a member of BTO for some years.
The bird was some distance away going toward our large pond (35 feet by 15 feet) and looking very shy. Details that I could glean in the quick observation was:
- bigger than a mistle thrush so about the size of a collared dove
- cream in colour but could not see any markings on its front
- light cream or white across the back as it flew away with darker beige wings
- flight was no more than a couple of feet from the ground and its flight dipped
I have not seen it today.
Sorry I probably have not used the correct terms but I will learn. Any ideas would be appreciated.