Thursday, 25 December 2014

This morning I treated myself to an off patch visit to Bough Beech reservoir, where myself and a good friend escaped the Christmas excesses to enjoy a few hours birding in the crisp winter sunshine.

We encountered 53 species in all, with many of the winter species not being recorded, they seem to be missing from everywhere this winter, the likes of Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Fieldfare, Redwing, Brambling, and a distinct lack of Geese, apart from a couple of EGYPTIAN GEESE.

We did however, see a brilliant male GOLDENEYE out on the water, where there were moderate numbers of wildfowl present, which included, MALLARD, TUFTED DUCK, TEAL, GADWALL, WIDGEON, POCHARD, MANDARIN, LITTLE GREBE, and GREAT CRESTED GREBE, no Egrets were seen at all today, and GREY HERONS were few, two SNIPE were seen as we were on the final knockings of the visit. and a GREY WAGTAIL was busy moving up and down the reservoir edge.

KESTREL, BUZZARD and PEREGRINE flew over and were seen well, as was a GREY WAGTAIL that busied itself, moving up and down the reservoir edge. In the more wooded areas of the reserve and around the feeding station, GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were seen, plus LONG TAILED TIT, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, MARSH TIT and CHIFFCHAFF were all found, as well as the more common Tits and Finches.

In all a very pleasant morning   :-)

Despite the sunshine, photo opportunities were few, but here's what I did get  :-)

Common Shipe...can you see it ? Very well camouflaged!

This GOLDFINCH was feeding alone on a Teasel 

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