|Mute Swan, more here|
Well it's taken three years but I've finally added the bird that appears first on the British list when it's in taxonomic order to my patch list. Mute Swan! Today a juvenile appeared from the east and made its way north-west, quite high. There's very few records at CFBW, with the only ones that I know of being two that Dodge had four or five years ago, two that Mark had down the Chipstead Valley in 2010 and a single seen by Larry over Legal & General last year. So it seems it's probably relatively regular but it sure is a tough one and, as I've done, you might be in for a few years' waiting for one. Come to think of it, I don't think that I've seen a Mute Swan flying over any site that lacks water or doesn't have any very nearby waterbodies before. I wonder whether it had been frozen out and forced to move, or, being a juvenile, it had been pushed out the territory by its superiors?