Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday 19th December

It was bright and frosty first thing today, with no cloud at all in the sky.

3 Goldcrests were seen, 2 Coal Tits were singing along Laurel Walk, a Green Woodpecker called by the Miniature Railway, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard calling, 2 Nuthatch were heard calling, a flock of Long-tailed Tits were feeding in the willows on the western edge of the Lake, the Little Owl was sitting just outside its hole, and 2 Treecreeper was seen.

Little Owl

Birds of particular note on the Lake were 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 3 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, and 6 Cormorants. The gull flock produced at least 76 Black-headed Gull and 31 Common Gulls. Also seen were 5 Grey Herons, 3 Kingfishers were seen along the River Len, a Water Rail was spotted running along the river bank by the footbridge, 1 Grey Wagtail by the pond and a Little Egret was seen catching fish in the stream running into the pond - the second bird I have seen this year.

Little Egret
- with low light and twigs in the way, this was my best photo.


Warren Baker said...

Well done with the Little Egret Simon. Isn't it annoying with the light so bad!!

Ken said...

Hi Simon.
Always nice to see a Little owl.I like the photo of it too.

Steve said...

Well done Simon - some great sightings and great pics from the last few days.

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