Sunday, 11 January 2015

9th January 2015

That Friday feeling again ... feeder time. Fairly typical weather of late too, if not a little worse (but of course as nothing compared to 113 mph winds as experienced up in Scotland recently)

Anyway, enjoyed the usual buzz of activity from the Southern Hide, totals as follows -

Chaffinch 16
Greenfinch 4
Goldfinch 3
Reed Bunting 2
Blue Tit 7
Great Tit 4
Water Rail 1
Blackbird 2
Robin 2
Dunnock 2
House Sparrow 2  (not actually feeding, but looking shyly from the undergrowth as if they wanted to)
Water Rail 1

So fairly buzzing at times!

There were also 22+ Teal out on the marsh and 1 Carrion Crow looking a little forlorn in the approach copse.

A bit of activity - Great Tit, Goldfinches, Blue Tits

Three grumpy old men - Greenfinches

The view from the Stuart Hutchings hide was particularly bleak at times, driving rain and the surface buffeted by strong winds as the odd squall passed through; no grebes that I could discern (perhaps they were further around the res in a more sheltered spot, or just hidden in the troughs), but 40+ Wigeon and 10 Mallard were working the margins around the causeway end, and c.150 Herring Gull, 5 each of Black-headed Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, and single Greater Black-backed Gull and Common Gulls were sheltering in the lee of the bank in front of the hide. Three Cormorant and 3 Meadow Pipit completed the line-up.

And I think that was about it. I had wanted to take a bit of a walk along the east side, but not the greatest idea in the conditions, so I didn't.

Common and Herring Gulls

Two Cormorants having a breather

Other recent sightings of note -

10/01/15 - Slavonian Grebe, 2 Pochard, 6 Common Gull (4 1stw), 3 Lapwing (J St Ledger)

11/01/15 - 2 Mediterranean Gull, Little Egret, Muscovy Duck (!) (SVH)

Finally, spot the Meadow Pipits (2)

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