Friday, 21 March 2008

While Steve Seal was in the Feeder hide ...

I spent a couple of hours with Steve but thought I'd take a walk around the rest of the site. !st port of call was the "Kingfisher" hide. The wind was really bad and was shaking the hide. I thought it was going to blow it off the legs! But a few minutes there revealed Shovellers sheltering in the reeds on the far side with Mallard, a couple of coots were doing the rounds. A solitary Dabchick was doing battle with the strong wind and spent a lot of time under the water out the way.

Also a pair of Mute swans were hunkering down out of the wind in the shelter of some bushes.

On to the next pool and it was a lot more sheltered but there still wasn't much around, just a few Tufted duck, Coot and Dabchick. The Coots were particularly feisty.

On the way back to the car park there were Chiffchaff singing but they were well hidden. My List for the day ... well Half day was

Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Brambling, Siskin, Redpoll, Great tit, Blue tit, Willow tit, Long tail tit, Mute swan, Dabchick, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted duck, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Reed bunting Greater spotted woodpecker, Dunnock and the Chiffchaff singing so 22 species in 3 hours, not bad for a beginner ...

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