Hurrah!! My last day at work today, and it's birding all the way into the new year from now - bliss.
What started to be a normal run of the mill afternoon, turned into a real bonus day. After walking over to the lake area and scanning the wet woods, nothing out of the ordinary was sighted, unless you count the COOT, which was still present, and maybe the TEAL, that were on the pools in the woods. I was contenting myself with these species as I walked through the tree nursery, and as I watched another goldcrest, I saw another beside it, I scanned it in case it was a Firecrest, and WOW ! yes it was one ! A FIRECREST (103), another new species for the year, not a patch tick though. One turned up in my garden in Oct. 2006, and another longer staying bird was recorded in Dec 2004, through to Feb. 2005. I know I keep saying this, but 2008 has been quite some year at pittswood, I think i'm going to have my work cut out next year, if i'm going to come anywhere near the excitement of this, but all I can do is go for it!
Now I have put some rubbish photo's on this blog before, but I think these are probably the worst ever! If you look carefully at the top photo, I think you can just make a Firecrest out. The middle photo shows the birds black eye stripe, and white eyebrow, - once you get your eye in!