Got stuck on the M25 Easter traffic yesterday and fortuitously decided to have a look at Staines. Met up with Rob Innes (later Beddington bro Nick Gardner arrived too) who put me on to the summer plumage Great Northern Diver which has been wintering- mainly on King George VI. Its a returning bird that has been wintering for the last three or four years, carries out a complete primary moult (and becomes flightless) before completing the moult into summer plumage and migrates in late April/ early May.
Also had 3 Oystercatchers, a Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Tern.
Oystercatcher- one of three birds
The Staines famous midges feeding on Angelica (which is common on the causeway- normally a coastal plant)
An amazingly powerful flyer when it gets going