Tuesday, 23 February 2010

February 23rd 2010

This morning was overcast and dry with a biting cold easterly wind and you know things are desperate when the Olympics Ice Skating is more fun than Bob and I searching for something with wings. We managed the Great-northern Diver but after that the rest of the visit was hard work with very little return - duck and grebe numbers are exceptionally low even for this place. Highlights were 53 Teal, 46 Pochard, 16 Wigeon 2 Gadwall and 15 Goldeneye while the fields behind farborough bank had 2 Buzzard, 100 Fieldfare and 30+ Lapwing. A few larger gulls were still loafing around.
Next port of call was Brandon Marsh with 20+ Lesser Redpoll and a Coal Tit near the visitors centre and the east marsh had 2 Shelduck, 2 Kingfisher and Oystercatcher but a 45 minute wait for the Bittern to show only produced a Song Thrush.
Moved on to Cathiron but the feeders were empty so only Coal Tit and Nuthatch seen and a look for the Bewick’s Swan at Church Lawford found the Mute Swan flock distant and the majority were asleep so we dipped.


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