On Friday we made our final 2015 trip to our urban park. The light was beautiful, but it was the coolest visit so far. Unfortunately, there was some ice, and before we arrived all but an immature Goosander had been frightened away from the location by rowdy dogs. Both groups saw a sunbathing male Sparrowhawk, with a hunting female being sighted in a different area of the park by the morning session. 2 Pink-footed Geese were hidden almost unobtrusively in the large Greylag flock. One of the finds of the day was pointed out by the longest-attending afternoon male participant - a Grey Wagtail - around the toy boat lake. The final bird seen in the afternoon near the main entrance was the elusive Jay - with 2 Magpies.
As always new members were pleasantly impressed by a venue they hadn't expected to enjoy!
male Sparrowhawk (c) 2015 Mike Woods
Record shot of Sparrowhawk (c) 2015 Mike Woods
Male Sparrowhawk (c) 2015 MJF
Pink-footed Goose (right) with Greylags
Close-up of Pink-footed Goose (c) 2015 Mike Woods
Pochard (c) 2015 Mike Woods
Black-headed Gull (left) & Herring Gull
Immature Herring Gull
Male Great Spotted Woodpecker (c) 2015 Mike Woods
Unspeakables doing Unspeakable Things (c) 2015 Mike Woods