Wednesday 31st January
Two visits today! One with the pram 10am to 11.30am and then on my own 4pm to 5.30pm.
This morning I parked on Lundsford Lane. As I got out of the car a Goldcrest called nearby. We walked towards past Tesco Lake and I could see something in a tree near to the scrape. It turned out to be a Little Egret, (67 for the year) which flew off onto the scrape. There were also c5 Lapwing on the scrape.
ROBIN (with ring)I pushed on (literally) down the Millstream.....on the way back I saw my first Red Admiral of the year and heard a Chiffchaff calling.
Back towards the car I decided to have another quick scan of the scrape - glad I did as I added another new bird for the year - a Green Sandpiper - (68 for the year)
This evening I was back on my own to try and get a good view of the Firecrest. Again I heard it as the light was going at the north end of Abbey Mead. 5 Shelduck on Abbey Mead, with another 3 on the Medway. Also a Bullfinch calling here.
As I began to walk back around Brooklands at 5pm I saw a Bittern high up in the reeds near the fisherman's building. I walked back along the Millstream and saw 3 Water Vole on the Millstream. First I have seen here for a while. I checked the Millstream Bittern spot and saw my second Bittern of the evening again high up in the reeds and flapping to get it's balance - that was at 5.25pm.