Thursday, 28 January 2010

On a Roll!

Woodcock - through glass
Woodcock
Doing the Bored Walk!
Bullfinch
Redwing
Heron (c) 2010 Phil Hargreaves
Snowdrops
Another good day! The day started well with 6 Bullfinches (5 males) opposite the works entrance gate. The highlight was probably at the Visitor Centre where the Woodcock showed well in the morning. However, just after lunch time it did everything but perform handstands. The afternoon group had amazing views as it crossed the grassy area, paced the boardwalk, and then started trying to feed near the pond. There were also Bramblings & Redwings in this location, and some Siskins came down for a bathe. 25 Fieldfare flew over the car park and works area in the morning with 3 Redwings going south near there in the afternoon. Other star birds included a drake Pintail (am only), a Barn Owl (pm only), a redhead Smew, 2 female Ruddy Ducks, which had survived the cull, and a confiding immature Heron. More standard fare included: Goldeneye (much displaying), Teal, Wigeon (thousands), 44 Curlew, 6 Redshank, Stock Dove, Treecreeper, Coal, Long-tailed, Blue & Great Tits, Skylark plus attacking Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Shelduck (3) & Shoveler (6). I’m sure there was more, but that’s all I can remember at the moment.

3 comments:

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for this report Michael, you make me want to get there this weekend. Sounds great Woodcock views.

Michael Flowers said...

Richard Hampshire, the warden, did say that they were the best views he'd ever seen from the window. It came fairly close to the viewers, but a lot of the time it just sits under the hedge a good distance away!

Aileen said...

Wow!