The black smudge in the heavily cropped picture above is in fact a drake Common Scoter (95) at Brooklands Lake today. You might see it better if you left click it, but i'm making no promises.
I had a text from Jerry Warne to say it was there at 11.30 this morning but Carol and I were at Shoreham doing a walk for the day. I didn't expect it to still be there when I finally got down to the lake at about 4 o'clock this afternoon but it was, and so was Ken Browne from Halling, on the same mission as me.
We waited some time, hoping that it would come closer, but no chance, it spent most of it's time dozing, but still managing to stay right in the middle of the lake, even in the stiff breeze. How do they do that? The only time it really put it's head up to show the yellow patch on the top of it's bill was when an aggressive Coot had a pop at it for no particular reason, they have their uses don't they!
I don't understand what the Scoter is doing here as they are sea ducks but it looked happy enough and you never know it might stay for a day or two. Thanks for the text Jerry, much appreciated.