Rare bird returns to Carsington

Carsington Water where the rarely spotted Great Norther Diver bird has returned this winter.

Carsington Water where the rarely spotted Great Norther Diver bird has returned this winter.

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Wildlife watchers at Severn Trent’s Carsington Water welcomed the return of a rarely spotted bird to the site over the festive season.

The Great Northern Diver had missed a winter and it was feared that it may not return.

However, Severn Trent Water ranger John Matkin said: “Last year was Carsington’s first winter when a Great Northern Diver hadn’t landed at the site. When November came it was feared this may be the second year when it didn’t return, but we were delighted when the rare bird was spotted slightly later than usual, in December. Bird watchers now flock to Carsington to see the Diver and add it to their year’s list or just to get good views of this beautiful bird.”

The Divers are in black and white winter plumage and it is hoped they will stick around until spring before moulting into summer plumage. Those who catch the bird on camera are urged to email carsingtonwater@severntrent.co.uk with images or send them via the site’s Facebook and Twitter pages.